1. Introducing IDL

Say hello to interface design for learning

Bill Gates has claimed that in under a decade the best education will come from the web. If that ship’s setting sail, designers need to get on board.

Digital learning today brings us some of the best and worst learning experiences available. I have yet to meet anyone who adores his learning management system, but I’ve met many who have had inspirational learning experiences online. I’ve bought children’s software with interfaces so bad they didn’t see five minutes of use, but also watched kids spend enchanted hours engaged with online reading programs. I’ve seen beautiful educational games that taught nothing at all, and eLearning courseware that turned dry-as-dust skills training ...

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