When we're watching the scoreboard, we're merely keeping score of the points racked up, penalties accumulated and player stats that have been calculated. When we're watching a dashboard, we're also aware of contexts that give us perspectives about the scores. We're seeing trends and making comparisons. With dashboards, we've got the bigger picture in mind which sets us up to make better diagnoses, innovations and decisions.
When we're observing the game board, we see the spaces to explore. We become aware of numerous paths to take and turns to consider. We're assessing the proximity of adjacent components and the travel to reach distant ones. We make sense of relative positions and varying accessibility of places. We get a sense of inside and outside from spaces that contain other things.
When we've got all three in our game (scoreboard, dashboard and game board), we're in great shape to design our experience. We've set ourselves up to generate new alternatives by exploring possibility space, going down different paths and entering different places. We've contextualized our evaluations so we consider other interests, run through different scenarios and play out different combinations of incidents. We then decide which is best with accurate measures and balanced appraisals.
Playing the game this way, others will learn from the spaces we create. Learning will seem like what fills in the space between what we've provided. We leave it up to the learners to complete what is left open for them. We invite them to play around, explore freely and come to their own destinations, conclusions and outlooks.