Saturday, May 12, 2007

'Humanware 'in WiA

Dearest Teresinha,
I am glad you loved the term. No, unfortunately, I did not coin it, but I used it for what binds us together in WiA community, which has never been used before for the same purpose.
I came a cross "Human ware" on 2005, when I taught students of Medicine. I was surfing the Web for a reading material about computerized health information systems and came across a study, in which humanware meant "overview of the general impact on people and organizations of introducing high-technology solutions into a relatively unprepared environment"
You can find it here:
Half an hour ago, I Googled and I found the term is a name of companies, firms, organizations and more.
Humanware refers to the human costs of computing, particularly associated with schools. This word was first used by Steve Bergen in a speech to NAIS Heads of Schools in Rensellaersville NY in 1984.More=
A buzzword for both hardware and software that are designed primarily around the end user experience and user interface rather than focusing on the task that the product is meant to accomplish.
Refers to a now-defunct division of Citibank that designed the user interfaces for Citibank's electronic products. Founded in approximately 1987, Humanware typically consisted of a core group of several dozen Citibank employees and several dozen freelance consultants.
Humanware is hardware and software that emphasizes user capability and empowerment and the design of the user interface

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

In a comment to Cristina Costa

Dear Cris,
I believe that what makes WiA flourishing and blooming is the fact that one is never lonely, never isolated, regardless of your geographical location, whether in a remote village, an isolated town or in any where in the developed world! It is this human –to-human interaction that makes our community a dream, an unreal community when one talks about it to the outer world. All members are leading professionals within their subject fields. They help each other, show interest, care, take time to share (sharing to us is caring!), response to each other whenever needed. We have a "high-peak "sense of security. Confidence is transmitted between keyboards, monitors and Skype chats; to the extent that it leads you to create so many things which, one day, you thought that they are impossible .The human-ware, not hardware or software.
The effective relationships a among WiA members and the positive influence plus the enough support I have received is what led my first year students say to me "You are the best teacher we have in this college. Your lectures are interesting and fun." .My personal instructional delivery has changed because of WiA.
Hala Fawzi