Illuminating the shadows: a response to Willson

Planning educators are finding ways to use computing applications to help students learn and to facilitate communication and collaboration among the members of a learning community. The growth of computing in undergraduate planning education has been driven largely by computer usage in the profession, which has the effect of accentuating the skill-development dimension of planning education over knowledge- and value-development. With more imagination and newer, more graphically-oriented applications and the World Wide Web, we have opportunities to re-appropriate the technologies to the needs of our curricula. Following Willson, I too organize my paper around Postman’s three themes—interests, symbols and community.