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A visual cue that offers an intuitive indication of how an object functions—e.g., a door on an electronic device.


Erogonomics A visual cue that offers an intuitive indication of how an object functions—e.g., a door on an electronic device. See Icon.


The relationship that exists between the individual and the environment that will facilitate a certain type of movement (e.g., a sliding board affords a child with the opportunity to climb up, sit, and slide down).
[afford + -ance, noun suffix]


a property of an object or a feature of the environment that offers an organism the opportunity to act in a particular way.
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As with the opening shots of the fences, the visual affordance of the cage itself as a permeable barrier becomes a key feature of the image.
What Rod's example illustrates is how the affordance of a social network technology is fostering students' opportunities to engage in processes of authoring, and in turn allowing students to engage with a broader audience.
Such stimuli have the important benefit of allowing researchers, clinicians, and assessors to construct assessments where sexual affordances vary.
Technology's affordances matter in what people can do and with how much effort.
However, to take advantage of this participatory capacity, an understanding of the affordances of new and emerging texts must inform curriculum development and teaching (Adlington & Hansford, 2009).
What are the affordances of the use of images as a tool for students learning environmental science content?
The affordances and limitations of microteaching are well documented in the literature from preservice and teacher educators' perspectives (Amobi, 2005; Bell, 2007; Benton-Kupper, 2001; Kpanja, 2001; Mergler & Tangen, 2010; Richards & Farrell, 2011).
As times and te(a)chnologies have changed, CTS has partnered with FLAVA to show Virginia's teachers how to provide leading-edge world language affordances for 21st century learning.
Then they turn to the visual usability tools layout, type, color, imagery, and controls and affordances.
The possibility is there in Shakespeare, Lupton suggests, especially viewed through those versions of consent at the margins of the Lockean project and entailing a logic and a temporality distinct from the logic and time of contract: the model of "ecological affordances," for instance, Lupton sees at work in The Taming of the Shrew, the existential dimension of medical consent adumbrated in All's Well That Ends Well, the promise of political universalism harbored in Caliban's imagined legal minority.
We use the structure of external and internal sides of vulnerability and the related affordances and practices of social media, for our further analysis.