Kairos: Past, Present and Future(s)

Site Map | Title Page
Kairos Was ...
(Doherty's Thread)

Kairos logo circa 1996.
Vision: The Future of Writing
(Salvo's Story)

Many of these adaptive hypertext visions offer new pedagogical models, offering customization along the axes of student ability and experience, offering more challenging material once the student has mastered basic work. We study children in order to offer them what we already know in the best (most efficient) way possible. Yet the remaining challenge is to communicate across institutional and professional boundaries: to communicate complex ideas between equals who do not share the same discourse communities. Education and pedagogical applications of hypermedia are a start.

But the challenge that inspired Kairos, that of building better scholarly forums, remains. The Web allows many more people to access information, but until and unless we begin writing with a user-centered rhetoric, few who access the text will be able to access the ideas encased within.

Yet it is difficult to let go of the textbook as a starting point .