Notes on participation
Dan Saffer writes on Ross Mayfield's and Jean Burgess' power laws of participation and how they can be used to design more intuitive interactions. From the world of instructional design this looks like old wine in new bottles. Gagne's taxonomy and Maslow's hierarchy of needs have both long cried for the design and organization of content (instruction or other) based on the status of the current state and on the vision of the desired state. In fact, in his 1935 Kappa Delta Pi lecture, he stressed on the need to organize subject-matter based on the desired state of participation of students in a working society. Participation issues are critical in this Web2.0 age and it definitely worth the effort to revisit and reuse some 'old' stuff -- an action that is on the far side of the 'high engagement' axis on the power law graphs!
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