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I have read good things about this free Human Computer Interaction (HCI) course by Scott Klemmer from Stanford, on Coursera. It started Sunday 31st of May, and covers UX and usability topics, among other things. It runs for 9 weeks, until June 2nd.
I'm taking it! Has anyone heard about it or taken this course? I'd love to hear your comments...
https://class.coursera.org/hci

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Hi everybody, I'm new in this community.
I'm trying to learn more about UX design, and this is a great resource I came across: UX apprentice, by Theresa Neil & Balsamiq
http://uxapprentice.com/

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Some stats for this G+ community via Circlecount
http://www.circlecount.com/community/116967860906905648378

Circlecount shows a graph of the growth of the community. It also gives a ranking of this community based on the amount of followers: at this moment, we're the 738th largest :-)

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I used Jux.com for my digital artifact. Wonderful piece of almost automated layouting, but a bit slippery when you try to impose your own "order"...

I have to add an image reference here and there... But all in all, this is my near-finished DA. I really should stop tweeking this thing. Please do feel free to have a peek and tell me what you think.
https://sararoegiers.jux.com/theconceptoflearningsolutionsiftechnologyistheanswe/

Gears of my Childhood.

I can't think of any one thing that acted as a Papert "gear" for me. I never had an obsession with a particular kind of object. Lego was fun, but we never seemed to have enough of them. Instead, our whole house and surrounding fields were like a "learning ecology". I admire my parents for letting us play with pretty much everything around the house, including kitchen and tool shed, and the garden. My two brothers and I did make a giant mess from time to time.
We were always creating, baking, trying things out, building stuff, prying apart other things and re-purposing scrap wood, crates, plastic pipes, old bikes, anything really. My father would help us out or get us started on the more technical projects, like making soapbox cars.
I did have three library cards as well, and I think my love of reading saved me throughout my formal learning.

So every time those wonderful summers came to their inevitable ends, I dreaded the return to school with mindnumbingly boring hours of sitting still, listening, and rules that seemed to be there "just because". Learning became fun again much, much later, when I worked on my research-based master's thesis.

What I took away from my childhood, is an eye for re-purposing things, and the fact that everything is figure-outable.

I think this is the right spot to post my reaction to the Papert text? Anyone else?

Gears of my Childhood.

I can't think of any one thing that acted as a Papert "gear" for me. I never had an obsession with one certain kind of object. Lego was fun, but we never seemed to have enough of them. Instead, our whole house and surrounding fields were like a "learning ecology" I admire my parents for letting us play with pretty much everything around the house, including kitchen and tool shed, and the garden. My two brothers and I did make a giant mess from time to time.
We were always creating, baking, trying things out, building stuff, prying apart other things and re-purposing scrap wood, crates, plastic pipes, old bikes, anything really. My father would help us out or get us started on the more technical projects, like making soapbox cars.
I did have three library cards as well, and I think my love of reading saved me throughout my formal learning.

So every time those wonderful summers came to their inevitable ends, I dreaded the return to school with mindnumbingly boring hours of sitting still, listening, and rules that seemed to be there "just because". Learning became fun again much, much later, when I worked on my research-based master's thesis.

What I took away from my childhood, is an eye for re-purposing things, and the fact that everything is figure-outable.

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A side note to True Skin: Can we download our brain? In this 2-minute video, scientist Michio Kaku talks about the questions that raises. 1. If we could make a copy of our personality or memory, would that be "us"? 2. Our brains are amazing learning machines, and digital technology can never hope to replicate that.
http://bigthink.com/ideas/26541

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I thought it would be nice to have a map of the LCL 698 group, to have an idea of where everybody is and who is more or less in the same time zone. If you feel like it, do add your location to this Google map:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=204493181803692008511.0004d5b520c41ad9ae565&msa=0&ll=40.857448,-73.840485&spn=0.871439,1.234589

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Does anyone know if Google+ is (still) being blocked by China? We have Chinese group members.
This ping website did not make me much wiser (100% packets lost in Shanghai, Padova(!) and Gdansk(!)). http://www.just-ping.com/index.php?vh=plus.google.com&c=&s=ping!
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