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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.
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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]
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Additionally, Donaldson exemplifies epic fantasy operating within a traditionally humanist paradigm, while Erikson exhibits many of the same affordances within a postmodern, constructivist approach.
We suspect, however, that the affordances of whose videos are viewed is contingent on the aims of viewing video for preparing beginning teachers and when they are viewed in the preservice teachers' learning trajectory.
The affordances of different ICTs prompt organizations to use different media platforms in unique ways; hence, organizations' communicative practices may vary on different platforms.
Avec les differentes affordances du numerique, l'eleve s'engage dans un processus creatif inedit.
The digital media the students chose to use in everyday literacy practices and the media they were asked to use to complete college assignments have particular and quite different affordances, for example in the use of templates.
I start by examining the affordances of the cylinder used by both men, proceed to compare Hopkins's use of aposiopesis--a rhetorical figure evincing the sudden breaking off of speech--with a coeval phonograph recording, and conclude by using the critical trajectory of the past hundred years to posit future routes of study.
In this essay, I describe the work of Hadot and Sloterdijk in terms of this question, Who is the Philosopher?, charting the path of training by means of the individual habits and exercises related to self-overcoming and self-transformation; then in terms of their relation to the city and the community, particularly in relation to the habitus of cultural convention; and finally in terms of the built environments and practice zones that enable philosophical activity, including the affordances, to borrow James Gibson's term, that promote the individual's capacity to perform certain maneuvers in thought through the basecamps, enclaves, and microclimates of the practicing life.
Jonassen and colleagues (1994) proposed that when investigating the role of media in student learning we should examine the process of learning first, then the role that context plays in understanding the kinds of cognitive tools and their affordances needed to support learning.
However, Ed accessed the affordance of motivation, as he reacted positively to scoring points for his correct responses.