Ease of Use and D2L

Ease of Use and the Fallacy of D2L. Ease of use and seamlesssness pushed to its end in education is adaptive learning as D2L is defining it with leaP. What D2L is striving for is to assist advisors in assisting students in selecting not just what courses to take, but what iteration of the course. The misguided idea is to use evidence of past encounters with courses to select a course section that removes any possible struggle, friction, gaps, challenges, or seams that might - no, not might but would definitely - result in learning something new, including new ways of learning and new people to learn from.

This creates a learning ghetto that allow no outsiders. An educational gated and walled community.

Don't get me wrong: I'm all for this plan. If it works, it will direct students who might be too challenged by my courses to take other courses. That could make my sections easier for me to teach because the system will filter out students who might struggle with the material and methods. For me, not a problem. For students, not a problem. For education, big problem.

But that's not what I want to talk about. That's just an example of seamlessness and ease of use pushed to the limit. Eliminate the seams and you won't know where you are. All becomes grey. Middle. Cut of the same cloth. But, of course, the world isn't cut of one cloth, and part of learning is learning to work with coats of many colors.

In this educational world, that coat is made up of many interfaces, applications, for many different processes, approaches, and ways of understanding.