MSTP for E-Learning: Anthropomorphism!

How vividly I remember the awe-inspiring impact such wizard characters had on my psyche, when I was a kid! Especially those creations of J.R.R. Tolkien!

They would take me along to an ethereal world and let me ‘live’ with them.

Back to the real world and I accost the wizard in a different avatar. As a computer terminology!

How is that? Where is the connect? I scratch the surface a little bit… I see it is Anthropomorphism that is at work. Attributing human characteristics or behavior to things that are not human!

A ‘user interface’ or an ‘application programming interface’ that is supposed to guide the learner, is metaphorically anthropomorphized into a wizard.

Metaphor has its charm. My connecting to something new becomes much easier when it is presented to me on lines of something that I am completely familiar with.

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