Archives for August 2008
There is an interesting discussion going on about Dave Gray’s “Marks and Meaning” (an “unbook”). My argument was: Some visual thinking techniques that are very much optimized for the “selling your ideas” stage, IMO, impede the thinking stage. Particularly: Prematurely grouping things into a hierarchical, tree structure if they need a complex web structure. Dave’s great reply pointed to “where the art comes in” and to “the social evolution of diagrams”.
In the upcoming “Connectivism & Connective Knowledge” Course, the first week’s topic asks “What is Connectivism?”. I am not so comfortable with a fixed definition. Furthermore, I think its most interesting aspects are not only being a theory of learning, but offering a whole new view for much more. And all of these aspects have in common that they can be illustrated by the neural metaphor.
The metaphor of the “horseless carriage”, showing how new technology often just emulates previous practice, is still particularly valid with tools for studying or thinking. Read more…