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1. choose MS-Word (or another HFA) as an example: OK, I choose Word.

1.1. how much (in percent) of the functionality of the HFA do you know?

I would say that I am familiar with about 50-60% of the functions contained in microsoft word. Most of the things I am unfamiliar with pertain to document layouts and organization.

1.2. how do you learn new functionality?

I have been using this program ever since it was called "Wordperfect" in the mid 90's, so over time I have learned my way around it. Each time a new addition comes out, it takes a little time to get used to the new changes, but they are not usually that drastic. When I need to do something that involves a new precedure or technique I first try and figure it out on my own by clicking around (trial and error) and if that doesnt work then I will consult the "Help?" engine.

1.3. for MS-Word users: is there a command in MS-Word which "transposes two characters" (e.g., "leanr" becomes "learn" by positioning the cursor between n and r and executing the command)?

I know that there is a function of the "auto-correct" that involves swapping letters that are typed in the wrong position in a particular word. The program recognizes the word you are trying to spell and it goes ahead and makes the correction for you. For example, "wiht" becomes "with" and "thne" becomes "then." Sometimes the word is not immediately recognized and it just appears with a red squiggly line under it (signifying the misspelling), those may need to be manually corrected. I know you can turn it off if you want, but I appreciate the assistance, because sometimes those things can get overlooked during a proof read.

2. what have YOU learnt "on demand" in YOUR life? Briefly describe the most prominent examples.

There are certain things that you have to learn 'on-demand' because situations may dictate it. For example, if you find yourself at he top of a ski mountain and you dont really know how to ski, then you will find yourself learning very quickly "on demand." Without trying something for yourself you are never going to fully understand it, and sometimes a pressure situation is the best learning environment.

3. what do people have to know to be able to learn on demand?

They have to be able to readily understand and accept their mistakes. It is not particularly easy to learn something by doing it 'on demand' but it puts the pressure on you to pick it up quickly.

4. why should one "learn on demand" instead of relying on "use on demand"?

If you only USE tools 'on-demand' then you will never be able to see how you could use those tools in other scenarios. If you only used a hammer when you needed to bang a nail into somethin, then you might not realize that a hammer can also be used to remove nails. You need to learn how to operate a tool on demand so that later you can come back to it and apply what you have learned.

5. which computer systems have you encountered which

5.1. have a User Modeling Component?

All of the microsoft office components have a user modeling component.

5.2. supported learning on demand?

Adobe photoshop and Macromedia Flash/Fireworks/Dreamweaver all support learning on demand, because when you find the need to do something "new" and different you can get helpful info, tips and tutorials from the drop down menus.

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