Instructor ROI + Infographic

Instructor ROI + Infographic

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 […]

What’s HSI?

What’s HSI?

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 […]

Organic Learning: Finding a sweet spot between one-size-fits-none and DIY learning

Organic Learning: Finding a sweet spot between one-size-fits-none and DIY learning

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 […]

Meta-messages: Why am I “on” the island but “in” the city?

Meta-messages: Why am I “on” the island but “in” the city?

Have you ever wondered why we say in the city, on the island, or at the ballgame? Those tiny words convey a deep-seated (and often culturally varied) understanding of the nature of each location. In other words, the prepositions imply our concepts of the “containers” or our “mental shapes” of the spaces:

10 PowerPoint conventions ready for retirement

10 PowerPoint conventions ready for retirement

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 I mean they include outdated stylistic conventions, which (I believe) diminish the effectiveness and undermine the appeal of the presenter’s message.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 a substitute for good design

Training isn’t a substitute for good design

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 […]

Tablets vs. textbooks: how do we replace what’s lost?

Tablets vs. textbooks: how do we replace what’s lost?

Tablets beat-out traditional textbooks in many ways, but printed books still have the edge when it comes to some cognitive outcomes. How can knowledge design help bridge the gap? The Navy just started a pilot program to give tablet computers to new recruits at the Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Illinois. This coincides with similar efforts from the Army, […]

What’s up with this blog?

What’s up with this blog?

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 […]