I really enjoy reading Riita Suominen’s connectivism Making Sense of Chaos blog – beautifully described snippets of thoughts – it reminds of the old BBC2 White Spectrum project , slow moments of listening in amongst everything.
“When we normally set out a goal to learn something, there is always an expectation to learn it within a certain period, and to gain a certain level of proficiency. In the case of Tai Chi, you probably set out your goal as learning all the steps, and be able to do it in (say) 3 months time.
What I would like to propose is to set a regular goal, rather than a fixed-and-be-done-with goal. Say you like to learn chi running (a method of running in a low impact way), your slow goal would be “run with this method for 30 minutes everyday” instead of “be able to run a marathon in 3 hours” or “lose 10kg in 5 weeks”. During these training sessions, put your full focus into doing and listening. You work hard, and you listen to how your body react to the work, and then you adjust accordingly. Setting such a slow goal will help you:
1. focus on doing it the right way
2. enjoy the activity and (sometimes) getting lost in the moment
3. do not injure yourself during your work, whether mentally or physically
I think all these points are very worthwhile when learning something, as oppose to becoming only a performer at the end of 3 months. Being a performer has its bad share of habits, but if you truly want to learn something, the only audience to your performance is yourself. The rest of us are only there to enjoy your moment.
So use slow goals. It’ll get you there faster than you think.”
(Lee S (2009) S Lee Shang Lee blog )
I have been slow to get thoughts together and enter course-related discussions. As someone who has been known to repeatedly speak without appearing to think, I would like to now say something when I can explain it properly. But I’m not sure that fits with the learning process, especially for cck09, maybe it is useful to experiment with ideas before they are barely formed?
So my concept map is below.
I would like to try and explain many thoughts about how water, waves, motion seem to me, to fit perfectly with everything I understand about connecting, technology and conflict but I do not have the understanding of the scientific & engineering concepts in order to do so – trying to follow the Moodle discussions helps though.
Its slow learning but rapid connection forming at the same time.
Design probably got in the way of thinking in depth, or maybe its insanity kicking in. I would like to look beyond forming networks in straight lines and dots (but need to be a better graphic designer). Structure can exist without rigid visibility?