As the 21st century progresses, technology is advancing exponentially while more and more people become reliant on it. However, no matter how dependent on it we become, there are just people who are, for the lack of a better term, technology illiterate; even the concept of web designing is still alien to them. As much of an impasse as this may seem, it does not mean that all should stand still. Indeed, there are ways in which someone can be reconditioned to learn something new easily. With this said, here are some effective methods on how to integrate technology in general.
1. Don’t make processes complicated and stressful. As much as possible, everything should be made user-friendly. For example, if the goal is to encourage any person to do web designing, then the process could be made simple by allowing a “drag-and-drop” option instead of asking people to learn how to code HTML. It is important that most, if not all, members of the target audience will not find it hard to achieve the intended purpose if successful integration is to be desired.
2. Avoid information overloading and allow easy understanding. One should not try not to crowd all the details in just one list and hope that the person reading it will be able to follow through. Instead, it would be best if instructions were given one by one as it is needed. That way, it will be as if one is being guided through a process, not made to figure out what should be done next. Likewise, it should also be made easy to understand and concise, as opposed to being technical and open to a variety of interpretations.
3. Make it relatable. It should come as no surprise that the best way for one to learn to cope is if it appears like something they are already familiar with. If for example, a button’s purpose is to stop a function, then it would be best to color code it with red, as it is well-known that stop is normally associated with that color. This would help with the learning process effectively and allow a person to learn fewer things completely foreign to him.
4. Encourage frequent usage. The more often something is used, the more familiar the user becomes with it. Likewise, things that are too specialized and are used less frequently tend to be forgotten. Therefore, if a piece of technology is to be effectively applied, it should have common, daily uses. In this manner, one can add it to his daily routine and familiarize himself with it over time. It goes without saying that practice does make perfect.
5. Increase awareness. If no one knows it exists, then one cannot be expected to learn it. Hence, information on new technologies should be efficaciously disseminated. Graphical explanations and demonstrations would be of great help as viewers will both be able to learn the application of the new piece of technology and operate it. After all, keeping the public informed is equivalent to creating greater interest and appreciation for these developments.
Of course, there is no guarantee of absolute technology integration; some people are hard-wired to stay old-fashioned. However, if developers and inventors followed the stated methods, there will definitely be a greater reception to technological advancements. All of it will take time though, as no generation can become a savant of, let’s say, web designing overnight.
Several decades ago, people never even knew about computers. But presently, they have become so invaluable that many cannot even imagine life without them. As that happened then in the past, ushering the age of computers, so will another change happen in the future and bring in a new age, perhaps where man is fused with a machine. Whatever the future may hold, technological advancement is inevitable, and as such, we must make sure that no one is left behind.