Let’s presume you have an important function. Two of your friends have volunteered to photograph the function. Friend One owns the latest camera in the town, knows a thing or two about photography, and is an ace with photo editing software. Friend Two, on the other hand, owns a mid-level camera, contributes articles on photography and works as a freelance photographer for a magazine. Whom will you choose?
My hunch is you will opt for Friend Two. For we do know that the camera and the software are just tools, yet give these tools to a person who knows about composition and lighting, has an eye for details, and you will get breath-taking photographs. The bottom line is it’s the person and not the technology that can get you the desired results.
About the Challenge
In challenge number 125, David Anderson, the Articulate community manager, asked the community to develop demos that make use of scratch-off card effect.
When I first saw this newspaper article, I instantly turned over to the next page. Well, the article was a list of dos and don’ts, something that I don’t enjoy reading.
A couple of days after I had read the article, a thought struck me: What is the best way of making a person read through dos and don’ts? After tinkering with several ideas, I felt that the ‘Choice-and-Consequence’ strategy will work the best.
Moreover, if this strategy is combined with a story centring the learner, the dos and don’ts will go from being a passively read list to a high-stake activity.
‘A session of facial exercise’ was how my friends and I referred to a lecture of Economics. That’s because we would yawn and yawn during the entire lecture. And no, my Economics professor was not to be blamed. She did all that she could; she taught with gusto and interspersed the lecture with anecdotes. Our yawns, however, simply refused to die. The only time my professor could reign in the yawns was when she used coloured chalks and drew graphs to explain economic concepts. Clearly, visuals — graphs in this case — proved to be a great way of bringing alive a theory-laden subject. Also, we acquired a greater understanding of the concepts when the explanation was paired with visual aids.