CCK09 Open Learning

In Open Learning Conference 2009, Andy Lane highlights in his last slide:

Bridging Informal and Formal Learning

Our learning journey: how OER have changed the Open University’s thinking and practices.

Learner participation: what happens when you give more control to the learner?

Enabling multi-way partnership: what happens when someone can collaborate with you?

Great questions.

More presentations could be found there….

CCK09 Sequel to most intelligent quest: Problem Solving

Here is the sequel to the most intelligent quest: problem solving.

Problem 1

Which ONE social media would you use if you want to resolve a relationship problem with your partner ?  Why?

Wisdom: None. I just need to resolve the problem with him/her face to face.

Intelligent: Facebook. I could resolve the problem with him/her using the wall/wall personal communication

Stupid: Blog. I could write down what I feel and share it with him/her privately

Clever: Twitter.  I could resolve the problem with him/her by posting short love messages in private.

Problem 2

Which ONE advertising would you use to promote a message or meme? Why?


I cried. I love it.


It attracted lots of attention. I’m not a troll!


No one understands the child.  Tell me what you think please.

Clever: I haven’t decided on whether it should be this

Some one said that it was excellent.  It was good fighting.

or this:

Babies cuteness sell.

So hard to choose…..

Problem 3

Who would you like to choose in solving a problem? Why?

Wisdom:  My God, parents, partner, children, experts, educators, friends, and those in the social media. They help and support me in learning.

Intelligent: My beloved. They love me.

Stupid: I don’t know. I am not sure who is the one to choose from

Clever: I would choose a clever one who would respond to my blog post. Are you here?

Hope this post hasn’t made you fallen asleep.

From Flickr: The World is a stage

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

Who have you chosen as the winner of this quest for intelligence?

If you have alternative answers, would you please post and let me know?  I am happy to learn….

CCK09 Critical Thinking

Enjoy this Critical Thinking

When we teach and encourage critical thinking, we empower individual lives and invest in our collective future.

A powerful message.

Critical thinking is the purposeful and reflective judgement about what to believe or what to do in response to observations, experience, verbal or written expressions, or arguments. Critical thinking involves determining the meaning and significance of what is observed or expressed, or, concerning a given inference or argument, determining whether there is adequate justification to accept the conclusion as true.

Critical thinking gives due consideration to the evidence, the context of judgment, the relevant criteria for making the judgment well, the applicable methods or techniques for forming the judgment, and the applicable theoretical constructs for understanding the problem and the question at hand. Critical thinking employs not only logic but broad intellectual criteria such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance and fairness.

I have written this post on transformational thinking that includes critical thinking as an important part of thinking.

Postscripts: Here is another excellent video on Critical Thinking.  There are 5 parts. 

CCK09 Learning Style

I was surprised on the research findings of this Matching Teaching Style to Learning Style may not help students.

In this Learning Style: concepts and evidence

In a new assessment of the available evidence, authors Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert Bjork conclude that the learning-styles hypothesis has little, if any, empirical grounding.  A large number of studies have purported to show that different kinds of learners (such as “auditory learners” and “visual learners”) learn best when taught in their preferred modality; but the majority of such studies have not used the type of randomized research designs (e.g., classify learners into categories, then randomly assign the learners to use one of several different learning methods and assess effectiveness of the learning methods with a test given to all participants) that would make their findings credible.

I still think learning style has significant impact on ones learning, despite the assertion that randomized research designs are needed to validate such assertion.

See Learning Styles: Do they Matter  for my views.

Do you agree/disagree with the research findings?  Why?

CCK09 Knowledge Management

In this interview with Dr. Richard McDermott:

Professional practice involves 4 elements:

1. Technical knowledge 2. Analytic knowledge – make sense of a situation (sounds like sense making to me) 3. Personal know how 4. Skill acquired through practice.

Expertise draws on all four.

My questions on Knowledge Management (KM): Should you focus on Knowledge or Management? In most companies, the focus seems to be on the outcome of KM, that is can KM generate more innovation, more business, more market share, more profits and productivity etc. What would you like to achieve with KM? Increase in knowledge capacity amongst individuals & community? Improved Performance in organisation and teams? Increase in customer satisfaction?