One of my passions is instructional technique—call it teaching technique, educational interactions, or pedagogy (or more precisely for my work, andragogy, i.e., adult education). The *way* someone interacts with new information—the ways the information is packaged, explored, and practiced—have a profound influence on learners’ motivation, memory, and understanding. This isn’t simply my belief; empirical research supports my […]
People often ask me about Human–Systems Integration (HSI). So, I put together this high-level primer, along with a corresponding infographic, describing HSI and why it’s important to use in all complex, socio-technical system design projects. What’s HSI, by definition? HSI is a philosophy and set of processes that focus on systems-level human performance concerns throughout a system’s entire life-cycle. Its purpose is […]
In 2014, Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare outsold all other video games in the U.S. CoD: Advanced Warfare has state-of-the-art gameplay, voice acting by Kevin Spacey, and award-winning visual effects. The success of CoD and similar commercial game franchises seems to imply that heavy investments in technical embellishments draw customers, and it may even appear […]
What makes a professional presentation “old school”? Help me build the list… I’ve attended a few professional conferences over the last several months and have noticed a high number of presentations that are (by my own assessment) old school. I mean they include outdated stylistic conventions, which (I believe) diminish the effectiveness and undermine the appeal of the presenter’s message.
Training isn’t the only—and often isn’t the best—risk mitigation strategy. I teach Human-Systems Integration for Modeling and Simulation (HSI for M&S) at the local university. In one of the assignments, students are asked to identify five risks in a hypothetical system development project. After identifying the risks, they have to plan prevention and minimization strategies for each. This is a pretty straightforward […]
It seems like a requirement (albeit an uninspired one) that the first blog post should offer self-referential reflection on being a first posting. So, to get this tedious out of the way, here it is. My plans for the other posting are to highlight my thoughts on learning science, human cognition, human-systems integration, and the concept of “industrial […]