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OpenCourseWare on critical thinking, logic, and creativity

OpenCourseWare with over 100 tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, and creativity.

Critical thinking is not a matter of accumulating information. A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking. A critical thinker is able to deduce consequences from what he knows, and he knows how to make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to  inform himself. Although critical thinking skills can be used in exposing fallacies and bad reasoning, critical thinking can also play an important role in cooperative reasoning and constructive tasks.

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A Brief History of Design Thinking: The theory [P1]

Stef Dirusso

 

The first thing most researchers do when commencing a doctorate is dive into a pile of books and write a literature review. This hurdle usually takes around six months of intense study on fundamental literature surrounding the topic of research, with a conclusion highlighting gaps and potentials for future investigation. This is not just a training exercise that eases students into hardcore academia, but builds the foundation of knowledge prior to conducting case study research.

Since my [the author] topic surrounds design thinking, it was without any doubt that most of my literature should analyse this. But after a month of surface research, I had gathered enough (current) literature to give me an understanding of what design thinking is and is doing, but none provided any indication on where exactly it came from.

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Not learning in style » Still Trying Too

Not learning in style » Still Trying Too | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Open University students who are or once were enrolled on the U101: Design & Creative Thinking in the 21st Century will no doubt recall the TMA11 assignment. Among other tasks, students are asked to make comment and pronouncements about their learning styles as determined by the undertaking of an online learning style survey, the results of which lead to a number of  learning style categories and against whichtutors are required to offer some sort of learning strategy recommendation.

 

The shocking and inconvenient fact of the matter is that when it comes to learning styles and the effectiveness of teaching in response to learning style preferences, I’ve found myself moving from a position of relaxed agnosticism on the issue to one of deep skepticism. In short; I’ve come to think that designing instruction for learning styles is largely an alchemical delusion.

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India Art and Design: Design Research - A Relentless Quest

India Art and Design: Design Research - A Relentless Quest | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

...a design is not just about form, function and aesthetic. It is important for a designer to know how one’s design will fit people’s lives. Find ways to get into the heads of the people, who will ultimately benefit from your design. Understand how they think, and figure out how or when your design will be a part of their life; then develop a design concept that will blend well with their environment, their feelings and their imagination.

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Clive Hilton's comment, January 19, 2012 6:01 AM
Somewhat self-promotional but within the interview are some valid and engaging insights that would be useful to design students.
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Creativity: How to Help It, How to Kill It. Five Ideas on Creative Thinking in Britain and China via Mulholland Drive | City University London

LOCATION: A130, College Building, City University London, EC1V 0HB.

If creativity is the answer, what's the question? What do we really want? What is creativity? How do we do it? Why do we value it? What happens when the imagination, always a personal delight, and the source of great art and invention, also becomes a main source of work, wealth and identity? What happens when 'Western' creativity comes up against 'Chinese' creativity?

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Act First, Do the Research Later - Core77

Act First, Do the Research Later - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

Think before acting. Sounds right, doesn't it? Think before starting to design. Yup. Do some research, learn more about the requirements, the people, the activities. Then design. It all makes sense. Which is precisely why I wish to challenge it. Sometimes it makes sense to act first, think afterwards.

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» Cultivating an Organized Mind in a Sea of Distractions - World of Psychology

» Cultivating an Organized Mind in a Sea of Distractions - World of Psychology | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
When you shine your full attention on a conversation, a meeting, a project, or on driving your car, you access the full spectrum of your brain’s resources. In today’s world, such a singular focus is a rare — or at least occasional — event. We rapidly move our focus from one task to another, from a meeting to an email to a text to a side conversation. The brain can’t easily move the totality of its resources all together in an instant, and repeatedly. Hence many tasks get only a part of our brain’s resources, often leaving us feeling as though much has not been done well at the end of a day.
This state of disorganization is an epidemic of distracted and divided focus.
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The big mistake in elearning

A short but engaging presentation from Cathy Moore on identify the real underlying objective in design effective learning experiences:

 

The one powerful change that will make our elearning a lot more effective

A quick demo of action mapping

A fun example of the type of information that should go in job aids

How to get people to stop telling you, “Turn this information into a course”

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Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing

Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Are you feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Everyone gets stuck now and then, but when your livelihood requires creative output it can be truly devastating to hit one of these mental roadblocks. Obviously everyone can’t drop what they’re doing and embark on a year-long path to get their creativity flowing again. Luckily, inspiration isn’t about waiting for your muse to show up – it’s about stoking the creative fires already within you. If often takes just a bit of lateral motion to change your perspective. Suddenly the ideas are flowing again.
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Even less 'intuitive design'

Even less 'intuitive design' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

In a previous post I opined, more or less, that in design specialisms such as interface design, for example, any quest for some sort of universally intuitive solution is unequivocally doomed to failure. The reason for this, I argued, is that before any user of interface-driven devices can get to grips with them they must, of necessity, call upon techniques, schemas and processes that they’ve learned, acquired or become familiar with in past engagements with similar – or even not so similar – devices. In short, users call upon experience and familiarity when faced with new interface challenges; intuition – “the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason [1]“ – has no part to play in the process at all. Should past experience be of no use in unlocking the mysteries of a new device, then the user has no other option than to try to fathom the underlying working principles from scratch.

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Curate the Cloud: Is Human Curation the Silver Lining in the Content Cloud? | Steve Rosenbaum

Curate the Cloud: Is Human Curation the Silver Lining in the Content Cloud? | Steve Rosenbaum | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Steve Rosenbaum wrote in this article:

 

"Content in the cloud is a natural evolution from storing files on our desktops-but the content creation explosion that has overfilled our inboxes and overwhelmed our social networks won't be solved by moving the growing mass of data from a private realm to a public one.

 

In fact, there's a solution on the horizon that promises to keep the clouds fluffy and the content contextual. It's the "curated cloud," and it's the next big thing.

 

In the past 3 years, the very nature of the web has changed. It changed from stored quality content to real-time, mobile, personal content. No longer is search able to find what's popular or relevant because the nature of what is being published has changed.

 

Relevance is now driven by where it comes from, who is publishing it, and when it was published. What we're seeing is the emergence of the curated web.

 

Curation makes the noisy web sensible again and is already the daily activity of the large majority of web users as they individually struggle to sort through the inbound noise.

 

Since it seems very clear that the volume of content isn't going to diminish, human curation may be the silver lining in the content cloud."

 

[read full article http://j.mp/tDtH6F]


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Web-Based Instruction - L2L - Socratic Questioning - Teaching With Questions

Web-Based Instruction - L2L - Socratic Questioning - Teaching With Questions | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Socrates' (469 BC - 399 BC) most important contribution to Western thought may be his Socratic Method− which solves a problem by breaking it down into a series of questions, the answers to which gradually lead to the problem solution.When you have a problem, you probably ask yourself, "what do I need to know to solve this problem?" If you discover that you already know what is required, you use it to solve the problem. If you don't know what is required, you find it! − then use the new knowledge to solve the problem!

This is critical thinking! Your students MUST LEARN to do the same thing.

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Tech-savvy doctoral students increasingly look to open web technologies : JISC

Tech-savvy doctoral students increasingly look to open web technologies : JISC | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Young researchers are increasingly using free web technology to help with their research – but they are not active in creating content, says a major British Library/ JISC generation Y, ‘Researchers of Tomorrow’ report.
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It's a memory thing - Tales of Things

It's a memory thing - Tales of Things | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great to link any object directly to a 'video memory' or an article of text describing its history or background? Tales of Things allows just that with a quick and easy way to link any media to any object via small printable tags known as QR codes. How about tagging a building, your old antique clock or perhaps that object you're about to put on eBay?


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e-Learning Stuff » Blog Archive » “Reinventing” Textbooks, I don’t think so!

e-Learning Stuff » Blog Archive » “Reinventing” Textbooks, I don’t think so! | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

I have to say to Apple and all those sites out there that are saying iBooks 2 has reinvented textbooks, I don’t think so. I felt a little underwhelmed by the textbooks that were announced by Apple. They are for all intents and purposes digitised textbooks with some fancy video, slideshows and other effects. There are already apps within the iOS App Store that provide a similar experience, the Dorling Kindersley releases for example. I have already reviewed some of these in my review series, and I think some of those, such as Eureka, are much more innovative and exciting.

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Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?

Instructional designers are often urged to adapt instruction to students' learning styles. The persistence of the learning style concept is amazing—a testament to the gullibility of even well-informed individuals who ought to know better. It seems that advocates of learning styles have never heard of the history of ATI research, which attempted to provide a database for adapting instruction to student characteristics and found many thorny problems. It is probably fair to say that the popularity of adapting instruction to learning styles is matched only by the utter absence of support for this idea.
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Humans: Why They Triumphed | The Creativity Post

Humans: Why They Triumphed | The Creativity Post | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
How did one ape 45,000 years ago happen to turn into a planet dominator?

 

The answer lies in a new idea, borrowed from economics, known as collective intelligence: the notion that what determines the inventiveness and rate of cultural change of a population is the amount of interaction between individuals. Even as it explains very old patterns in prehistory, this idea holds out hope that the human race will prosper mightily in the years ahead—because ideas are having sex with each other as never before.

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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making

2) Social intelligence

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

4) Cross-cultural competency:

5) Computational thinking:

6) New media literacy:

7) Transdisciplinarity:

8) Design mindset:

9) Cognitive load management:

10) Virtual collaboration:

 

 Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
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Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Curating Information and Data Sense-Making Is The Key Skill for the Future [Research]

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1000 Words: The Critical Dichotomies of Design - Core77

1000 Words: The Critical Dichotomies of Design - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

We're at the apex of our power, but the nadir of our potency. Let's start with the biggest heartbreaker of them all: We are at a moment in history when, as designers, we are at our most powerful. There is almost nothing we cannot make, enjoying the triumphs of research and development in materials science, manufacturing technology, and information systems. We can get any answer we seek through social networks, peer communities, or hired guns. We have sub-specialties at unimaginably thin slices of expertise—from ubiquitous computing to synthetic biology—and a plumbing system in the Internet that is simultaneously unprecedented in human history and entirely taken for granted.

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Connectivism: its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning - University of Salford Institutional Repository

Connectivism: its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning - University of Salford Institutional Repository | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The sociotechnical context for learning and education is dynamic and makes great demands on those trying to seize the opportunities presented by emerging technologies. The goal of this paper is to explore certain theories for our plans and actions in technology-enabled learning. Although presented as a successor to previous learning theories, connectivism alone is insufficient to inform learning and its support by technology in an internetworked world.

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The Landscape of User Experience Design in Asia, by Daniel Szuc and Josephine Wong - Core77

The Landscape of User Experience Design in Asia, by Daniel Szuc and Josephine Wong - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

When we started pitching the importance of related disciplines like usability and user centered design 10+ years ago in Hong Kong and in mainland China, there was little interest or understanding of what the terms meant, how they could be applied in product design and development, or how it could help the business make better products and services. Fast forward to 2011 and we are seeing encouraging trends and indicators in the Asian market to show that User Experience is healthy, growing and will continue to do well for many years to come.

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Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012

Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Considering that one of the most recent trends has been the increase in content marketing, 2012 appears to be year where curating content may see a big surge of users and may be yet another content marketing technique that you may want to try out. For that purpose, here are some content curation tools that you can use to help you be the best content curator in any topic of your choice, provided you do it, once again, properly.
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Call for Papers | i-KNOW 2012

Call for Papers | i-KNOW 2012 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Like all major societal challenges, knowledge management touches diverse aspects of life and thus needs a multi-disciplinary approach for finding solutions. i-KNOW addresses this by including experts and researchers from Business Science and the Social Sciences. This interdisciplinary environment offers the opportunity to establish collaborations, strengthen links and cross-fertilize core disciplines.

The i-KNOW conference series has the tradition of bringing together Europe´s and US leading researchers with local practitioners involved in Knowledge and Innovation Management. Deliberately reaching out to the Americas, i-KNOW offers impulses and insights from additional research communites which otherwise would be left untapped.

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When Teaching the Right Answers Is the Wrong Direction | Edutopia

"Is this right?"

It's not their fault, but students are all too often on a quest for the Correct Answers, which has little to do with critical-thinking development, I'm afraid. Our schools are about competition, merits, awards, and how to earn the Golden Ticket -- giving the right answers. And this focus often starts as early as kindergarten. We teachers want to support all answers, all the "best thinking" of all children, but we give ourselves away when we nod, glow, and beam when a student says exactly what we want her to say. We even hint at that perfect response. But is she really learning?

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5 Steps to Increase Innovation Skill Sets | InnovationManagement

Innovation cannot be taught. Here's five skill sets that can also work with educators: 

- Focus on behavior change not technical skills acquisition.

- Information sourcing methods must be developed.

- Goal-design should be a part of competency training.

- Probability trumps certainty.

- Critical analysis must be developed at the cross-disciplinary level.


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