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Assignment 11

Jennifer Tamez


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

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

I probably know around 30% or so. I know enough to do what I always need to do, but I have to teach myself when trying anything beyond the basic functions (ie. writing papers, etc..)

1.2. how do you learn new functionality?

I ask someone. If they don't know, I try to find it in the "help" section or search for it on the internet.

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)?

Not that I know of.

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

I'm not big on reading directions for technological things that I buy, and by the time I need the directions to learn something, it's been so long that I've lost the directions. So, I have learned "on demand" how to program my vcr, alarm clock, tv, phone, etc.

I am also in the process of job searching right now. In the past couple of years when I have need to find an internship, I taught my self through books, magazines and the internet how to write cover letters, network letters, fixing up my resume, etc.

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

People should know what they want/need to learn, where they can look to find it or how they need to go about finding what they need to know.

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

I think that learning on demand sticks with you better. Learning on demand means that there was a need to learn that specific thing, and it seems that "use on demand" is more of something that you do b/c you have to and then forget.

5. which computer systems have you encountered which

5.1. have a User Modeling Component?

MS Word

5.2. supported learning on demand?

MS Office - Word, Excel, Publisher

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