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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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