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  • n. Plural form of affordance.


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  • The term affordances refers to the ways in which individuals can interact with things in their environment.

    I Typoed a Whole Post for the Language Log

  • I notice also that Walter uses the word affordances a couple of times and I think that is just the right word to use, because affordances means the opportunity is there but not the inevitability eg. bad teaching can destroy the best intentions of those who designed the machine:

    untangling Free, Sugar and Constructionism (walter bender)

  • “The” is a be-all, end-all, up on a pedestal kind of marker, where “a/an” is “there’s more of these, and each has certain affordances and characteristics”.

    What A list? « BuzzMachine

  • That said, I think even Norman and other advocates of user-centered design begin with the affordances, which is analogous to the nuts and bolts in software design.

    Lipsticking The Chicken

  • For example, he defines 'affordances' as "the perceived and actual properties of the thing, primarily those fundamental properties that determine just how the thing could possibly be used."


  • A basic idea from ergonomics is that physical and cognitive "affordances" can help people to think about, know, and use something more easily and to make fewer errors.

    Shop Talk - Innovation, Marketing and Alliances

  • They describe the technical constraints and affordances of the system and track developments in programming, gameplay, interface, and aesthetics.

    Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System - The Retroist

  • Much work remains to be done to use their unique affordances to personalize and deepen learning while aligning with critical new educational standards.

    Michael Levine: Gaming Education Reform: Put Down Your Pencils and Play

  • Dr. Janette Hughes, in speaking to the importance of updating the curricula to reflect shifts in society as the result of the proliferation of digital media, says that Teachers are attending more closely to visual and multimodal literacies - students can express themselves through image, sound, and gesture to wider audiences because of the affordances of digital media.

    C. M. Rubin: The Global Search for Education: The Technology Connection

  • Ubiquitous Learning is made possible in part by the affordances of the new, digital media.

    Ubiquitous Learning Conference 2009


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