When was the last time you got stuck in a traffic jam? Despite our relatively sophisticated transport system (some might debate the point), with its multiplicity of traffic signals and wealth of rules and regulations - traffic jams still occur (and more regularly than many of us would like). Traffic jams have become a daily ordeal which some enjoy, many accept as inevitable, most avoid as much as they can, while others have been deterred from ever venturing outside their own territory because of them. A similar picture might be drawn in relation to user and designer interactions with converging technologies.
The paper discusses some of the unique geographical and social features which might be encountered in the pursuit of integrated technology applications to instruction and learning and suggests the possible use of tourist guides, roadmaps, safety islands, speed zones and other driver assistance mechanisms which might cater to the wide variety of individuals, touring, on business trips or settling into a world of convergent technological applications to education.
|Please cite as: McNamara, S. (1990). Human-Technology Traffic Jams (or harnessing human brainpower is more than a matter of logic) (abstract). In J. G. Hedberg, J. Steele and M. Mooney (Eds), Converging Technologies: Selected papers from EdTech'90, 37. Canberra: AJET Publications. http://www.aset.org.au/confs/edtech90/mcnamara.html|