Gerhard Fischer and Hal Eden: “Design, Learning, and Collaboration” — Spring Semester 2005

General Remark for all assignments — always remember the statement by Blaise Pascal:
“I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it shorter.”

Assignment 1


1. Wednesday, January 19, 2005; 9am on the class website — max length: two pages

2. you can work as a group and submit one answer as a group (clearly identifying the members of your group)

Read the article

Fischer, G. (1998) "Making Learning a Part of Life-Beyond the 'Gift-Wrapping' Approach of Technology." Notes from 6/96 NSF Symposium on Learning and Intelligent Systems available at:

Briefly discuss the following issues:

1. what did you find

1.1. interesting about the article?

1.2. not interesting about the article?

2. what do you consider the main message of the article?

3. click on one of the words in blue and see what happens?

3.1. is this feature useful?

3.2. in which other situations have you encountered this feature?

4. global learning theories and approaches

4.1. do you know any of the people mentioned in the diagrams:

4.1.1. Skinner

4.1.2. Piaget

4.1.3. Papert

4.1.4. Illich

4.1.5. Vygotsky

4.1.6. Dewey

4.1.7. ignore Taylor

4.2. select one of the six

4.2.1. in case you know something ‡ write a paragraph what she/he has contributed to a deeper understanding of learning?

4.2.2. in case you do not know something, find out something about her/him ‡ write a paragraph what she/he has contributed to a deeper understanding of learning?

5. identify one website (and mention the URL) which you consider interesting and relevant for “learning”! Write a one paragraph justification!





hw1-Nathan Balasubramanian