Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
On Tuesday, Tong and I hold a discussion about “user and user interface”. At first, thanks to our Gabriela’s direction during the discussion. Sorry to that I have a bad guiding.
In discussion, the thing I like best is the development of Microsoft Word. I think this is a very good doucument to demonstrate the improvement and role of interface. As we discuss, a good interface can bring convience to users and make things effective and efficient. However, excessive features also bring some trouble things, such as direction words of these may be confuse users and sometimes users can not identify which choice is what they want and try several times. Furthermore, some features are in the sub-menu, which makes it more difficult for users to interaction.
Secondly, in my opinion, some features should be used in different ways in different countries or cultures. For example, when I came Ireland I found the function “AutoCorrect” that is best for me now. When users have mistake of spelling or grammar it will have a green or red curve to remind users “You make a mistake”, which is useful for people whose mother language is not English. However, this function plays fewer roles because there is not spelling problem in Chinese and the grammar is not as complex as English. So this function may change into another one that is suit for Chinese in China or other languages in other countries.
These two points are I want to add.
Thanks to Gabriela’s help again.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
However, as Miriam and Shelagh said, memory is more than storage: in essence it must be activated. Intelligent as machines or technologies are, they can not think about something as human being. In my opinion, memory is not only a record but a process of thinking. Lifelogging is able to record people’s memory but it can not identify what is people‘s want and what is not. Sometimes people may want to forget some bad things. Maybe a famous man’s memory will be made a document because he made a big contribution in some fields. How the technology identify which is job experience or privacy? I do not think machine can do that.
So I think machines cannot replace human being‘s thinking ability.
Monday, February 16, 2009
For example, I have a course "Professional Issues in Interactive Media". In this class, my teacher Joe asked us to have an account of Moodle. In moodle, there is much useful information about this course, such as, lecture slides, forum and so on. Teacher can post useful podcast that can help students whose first language is not English to study. In forum, students can post feedback and ask questions of each lecture, such as, what are your ideas of this lecture? Which part do you interested in?
I think it is a good method to students who study in foreign countries, because they may not understand all the contents in class. They can learn something they miss in class. It is also suit for timid students who are bashful to discuss a question in public.
The second advantage is that we can communicate with students who are in USA. We can have chance to share different cultures, thinking and methods.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I plan to use the method "UCD"--"user-centred design".
At the beginning, I have interviews with future students who are studying English in English language centre in UL. Because they will enter our university to study and I think it is very difficult to interview students in China. In this process, I think I can get large amount of need of users. I am thinking that whether I contact with the leader of language centre and ask some questions.
After getting this information, I begin to make my website. In this step, I want to use some useful software, for example, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop and 3D Max and so on. Now I am improving these skills.
Next, I invite students who are also in language centre to test my website and tell me the advantages and disadvantages. According to their feedback, I repair my website. And then, I invite them to test it again.
At last, after the circle design, I hope my website is effective and efficient. Users can get information that they want and satisfaction. Actually, I hope that current students in language centre use my website to apply for our university. If this dream comes true, I want to talk with the leaders of International Office and discuss that whether can my website put in our university?