Software tools should attempt to disappear from the user's awareness, and be an amplifier for what the user puts into a project in the way of time, effort and creativity.
Control should be in the user's hands, not subject to a software application, to the greatest extent possible.
Motivation and the ability to perform as an individual are very important components to having actual learning take place. If a person isn't motivated to learn a subject, all efforts in that endeavor will be diminished. To be motivated, there has to be a personal relevance to the information, and a feeling of ownership and control over the process.
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