2019-07-30 09.43.26

Liked The best place to be is somewhere else? by Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw (Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel)

An article about FOMO, with some practical advice.

2019-07-25 09.32.45

Read Going Critical by Kevin SimlerKevin Simler (meltingasphalt.com)
If you’ve spent any time thinking about complex systems, you surely understand the importance of networks.
Networks rule our world. From the chemical reaction pathways inside a cell, to the web of relationships in an ecosystem, to the trade and political networks that shape the course of history.
Or consider this very post you’re reading. You probably found it on a social network, downloaded it from a computer network, and are currently deciphering it with your neural network.
But as much as I’ve thought about networks over the years, I didn’t appreciate (until very recently) the importance of simple diffusion.
This is our topic for today: the way things move and spread, somewhat chaotically, across a network. Some examples to whet the appetite:
  • Infectious diseases jumping from host to host within a population
  • Memes spreading across a follower graph on social media
  • A wildfire breaking out across a landscape
  • Ideas and practices diffusing through a culture
  • Neutrons cascading through a hunk of enriched uranium

2019-07-04 15.17.06

Read The death bed game by Buster BensonBuster Benson (busterbenson.com)

He/she who dies with the most death bed points, wins.

2019-07-04 14.38.23

Read My Daily Routine by Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw (Open Educational Thinkering)

An overview of my current workday habits. (March 2017)

2019-06-17 09.35.41

Read We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves by Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw (Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel)

We don’t always know what we think about things, so how on earth are we supposed to know what others are thinking and feeling?

2019-05-15 12.19.27

Read Read “Co-claiming and Gathering Together – Developing Read Write Collect” by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (ReadWriteRespond)

A reflection on developing a site building upon the ideas of the #IndieWeb to bring together all my disparate pieces around the web in one place.
Just when I thought I had enough sites, I decided to create another one. A feed that could be used in a platform like Micro.blog. My intent this time was …

📜 Read “Co-claiming and Gathering Together – Developing Read Write Collect”

by Aaron Davis

2019-04-04 15.13.52

Read Read “OER19: Moving beyond” by Catherine Cronin and Laura Czerniewicz by Maren DeepwellMaren Deepwell (OER19)

The days are ticking by and it is nearly time for OER19! We are immensely excited as we prepare to welcome you to the 10th annual OER Conference — whether you are travelling to Galway or participating virtually.

The theme for OER19 is ‘Recentering Open: Critical and Global Perspectives’. It has been our hope that this theme will invite not only critical and global perspectives, but also multiple interpretations — of open iself, of the concept of recentering, of the meaning of critical, and indeed of the point-of-view of many of the questions ‘we’ ask about open.

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by Catherine Cronin and Laura Czerniewicz

2019-03-29 18.10.41

Read Read post “Institutional values and institutional behaviours: an open letter to Alison Johns (CEO of Advance HE)” by shorrock – follow the dot (follow the dot)

The reason I was writing was that Advance HE had run an event earlier that day about the preparedness of higher education for the fourth industrial revolution with the title and associated hashtag #BraveNewWorld. I wasn’t at the event myself but I was following the Twitter back-channel with interest when I picked up on a suggestion that there was something rather unbalanced about the programme: it was suggested that there were twelve men speaking at the event but no women. Twelve men, no women.

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by Simon Horrocks

Who even takes notes anymore … #OpenBlog19

This post is part of the #OpenBlog19 open writing/blogging challenge idea initiated by David Hopkins. If you’re interested in participating too take a look at this Google Doc for a list of interesting blog post ideas and follow along the hashtag, #OpenBlog19.

David has already penned his thoughts in his own post on the same topic. My post is in part a response to the call to action in David’s post

“Now, what about you, what about you and your notes?”

For the most part I’m a fan of note-taking. I jot down and journal lots of different things in note form either as written text, graphs or shapes – things like records of meetings, action items, ideas for posts, ideas for work, problem-solving jottings, conference notes, ways of thinking or looking at things from different perspectives, etc. If I take notes on paper I usually later transcribe a distilled version of them into an app on my laptop.

I used to use Quip as the main note-taking app on my laptop, however in the last few months I’ve shifted over to the Notion.so app as my all-in-one note-taking solution and pay the annual subscription for the personal plan. I’m really liking it so far, in particular the flexibility it affords me to structure my notes and note folders the way that I want them. It’s a really good space to just write/type everything down in a draft raw format that I can tidy up and refine as I go or come back to at a later stage. And you can associate emoji icons with each new page that you create…for ease of reference! 👀

I view note-taking as my ‘Studio’ space, a place I can write what and whatever way I want to. I can be creative with ideas, even if they amount to little. It’s a space for me to be expressionate as well as to record the more ordinary aspects of life. I subscribe to the idea of the Stoic art of journaling and note-taking as a sort of journaling practice.

I take notes in practically every meeting I’m involved in, if only for my own posterity of what was said or to catalogue actions that came about which were relevant to me – without my notes and personal and professional calendars, I’m not sure how well my mind would cope! Sometimes when I’m scribbling during a meeting I find that I can process what I hear with clarity, possibly with even greater clarity than if I am consciously focusing on listening attentively. It’s as if the mind shifts gear into its state of flow.

Although I’d love to be able to artfully craft sketchnotes, my notes are more like the ‘only I can read them‘ variety, constructed with my own hieroglyphic-like combination of text, graphs, shapes and drawings. Nonetheless, I think they are an invaluable record of what happened if my memory ever fails me.

Even though I carry a notepad and pen with me to the majority of meetings I attend, I also regularly bring along my laptop with me to take notes on. However, even though the laptop and note-taking technology I use are very much an enabler for me, I’ve noticed in certain meetings that having the laptop open and taking notes with it is very much a barrier from some people engaging with me as they would normally engage if I hadn’t the laptop with me. It’s something I’ve grown more acutely aware of. It doesn’t bother me when someone uses their laptop in meetings I’m involved in, I understand it, but I imagine the presence of the laptop for some people is like if there were a third party in the meeting room who oughtn’t really be there.

Now when I get the sense that a person or people would prefer if there wasn’t a laptop on the desk between us, I move it out of the way or shut it off completely, reverting to making mental notes or scribbling down only the most important points in bulleted list format. Sometimes the dynamic flow of conversation in a meeting can be rescued by this act, other times I’ve found it has been a little more difficult to re-attract attention back to meaningful dialogue. It’s all a matter of perspective I suppose.

Personally, I find threaded tweeting at a conference a little distracting for me to accomplish successfully, especially trying to do so in real-time as a talk is ongoing. I’ve tried it on a few occasions now but I’ve grown conscious of being only ‘half present’, caught between the multitasking nature of trying to listen intently to the nuggets of wisdom of the conference speaker and trying to post updates for my own record and to let others following the backchannel know what’s going on. Of course, adversely, if I’m unable to attend a conference and am trying to follow along with what’s happening, I’m hugely grateful to those who thread together what’s going on live from the event.


What about you, do you take notes anymore? Have you noticed anything about your note-taking practice of significance to you or those around you? Would love to hear any comments or replies you might have.