Author Archives: x28

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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Tools vs. practice

Jim McGee wrote a great piece on tools and practices. He argues that the ease of getting started with the first 5% is deceptive. I think it is important that we distinguish between “deep thought and collaborative work”. Tools for these two coincide only for roughly 5%.
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Polarization and Push or Pull

Why can’t media be like a conversation? What makes the internet a “polarization factory” of ‘us vs. them’? I think the problem is that is has turned too much towards ‘push’ media.

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Distinctively human?

What will prove as ‘distinctively human’ and will survive the cognitive automation? I think it is the personal, the individual, the subjective, and this convinced me of Downes’s ‘personal learning’.
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