usable and useful (?)
At the conference, I mentioned a distinction that I thought could be useful to us between usable and useful knowledge. I said I would pass on the reference. Well, I had come across it in Wikely & Muschamp (2004) and I have since followed up their acknowledgement of Baker (2003). In so doing, however, I have discovered that what I thought the distinction to be is not what was intended. Nor am I sure that Baker’s usage is altogether coherent in its own right. I still think it could be a useful distinction. Ho hum. Bon voyage.
Baker, E. 2003. From Usable to Useful Assessment Knowledge: A Design Problem. CSE Report 612. Keynote presentation at the 2003 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Sydney, Australia.
Wikely, F. & Muschamp, Y. 2004. Pedagogical implications of working with doctoral students at distance. Distance Education 25/1: 125-142.