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Consciousness

Stephen Downes’s big article “Consciousness” is an incredibly rich resource. The greatest takeaway so far was the explanation of the mysterious ‘suddenness’ through recognition.
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Reflecting or objectives?

I noticed that for me, MOOC ‘objectives’ such as “Detail how…”, “Describe how…”, actually inhibit reflections in the sense of: What struck me as susprising or salient or resonating?
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What counts as effectiveness?

If measuring the ‘effectiveness’ is mainly about traditional criteria such as knowledge content and storing it safely away, it will be very unbalanced. Measuring OERs, by contrast, offers the opportunity to try out and define new criteria.
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Finding or creating OERs

I was curious how much I would be able to find from existing OERs and how much I would need to create by myself. I was surprised how easy it was to find things.
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Working memory

The spatial and temporal functions of the working memory may be not only be interrelated. Stephen Downes now expressed the idea that they are indeed similar.
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‘Text’-book ?

What are the most urgent cases where OERs are most desirable? I think it is often graphics, not text.
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The trap of copyright

I liked Wiley’s description of the current copyright situation as a trap. Most authors seem to put up with the trap.
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OpenEdMOOC Test

Testing as recommended on this page: Course  > Week 1: Why Open Matters  > Getting Ready for the Course  > Course Activities Overview

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Small differences

Big improvements of think tools are often achieved through rather small differences, such as the “targeted zooming”, or now the “semantic text view” of iMapping.
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Mental flexors and extensors

In my view, McGilchrist’s “Master” and “Emissary” modes are the mind’s equivalent of what bending and stretching are for the body. So we need to understand the ‘flexors’ and ‘extensors’ of brain operation.
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