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A New Take on eBook Reading

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We have had many conversations over the past years about how the move to digital books is impacting our reading. So I was happy to see this paper from Heather and Jordan Schugar at West Chester University.

Multi-Touch devices and tablet computers allow readers to interact with text in new and innovative ways. However, reading comprehension research with multi-touch devices is still in its infancy and students will need to adapt new reading strategies in order to maximize their learning in this environment…

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Analogies, Mental Models and Learning

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It is common wisdom in HF/E that analogies can be a powerful tool in learning. The reason is pretty straightforward, new information doesn’t always fit with what we already know. An analogy works when the following apply:

  • The analog is something simple and/or that the learner knows well.
  • The parts of the analog that are also true of the new information are clearly defined in the learning process and are strong part of the learner’s existing schema of the analog.
  • The parts of the analog that are not true of the new information are clearly defined in the learning process and preferably are not a strong part of the learner’s existing schema of the analog…