The issue of complexity, as applied to the way we gather information and learn, is a hallmark of this information age. The sheer amount of data, in addition to the increasingly technological way in which the data are delivered, have had profound effects on the ways in which we process information and, hopefully, learn. In this cutting edge volume, Wayne Reeves, a professor as well as consultant to Sun Microsystems, provides an overview of the field of complexity (including chaos theory, information literacy, and Knowledge Management Tools) and presents a working framework to help guide further research. Aimed particularly at researchers, professors, and students in the areas of cognitive science and library//information sc

Introduction

Introduction

How is society doing in adapting technology to the minds of its users? Badly…. The signs are clear from confusion and difficulty in using household and office appliances…. When technology is not designed from a human-centered point of view, it doesn't reduce the incidence … nor minimize the impact when errors occur.

—Donald Norman

Learner-Centered Design (LCD) is based on a newly emerging view of human beings and the purpose of design—a view strongly affected by the cognitive (individual and distributed) revolution of the last 30 years. Even though we may have considered it only natural to think of ourselves as thinking beings, we have only recently begun to understand the nature and active potential of our thinking capacity. It is even more recent that we ...

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