What does this button do?

Ever looked at something you thought you were familiar with and thought “what does that button do?”

Even worse, ever looked at a device, remote control, switch, screen, etc. and thought “hmm, I don’t remember seeing that button before?”

That’s what learning technologists need to keep in mind – we need to keep an eye on the systems we use and be sure we are aware of all the little buttons, and what they do. Some of the systems we use (VLE, CMS, LMS, social and collaborative tools, admin systems, etc.) have lots of buttons, features, settings, templates, styles, etc. but knowing enough about the system as a whole is enough to be aware of how we can use the whole system effectively.

If you’re being introduced to a new system, are you capable (willing?) to try some of these buttons and see what they do? Are you comfortable in doing this in a safe ‘it’s only me messing’ kind of way (rather than ‘this will change the whole system for all users’ kind of way?

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