In for a penny ..

I have just signed up Designing Serendipity to Google Analytics.  I think that was what I wanted, rather than feedburner.

But I am not sure.

Also I am not sure about the signing up process at Google Analytics .. is there something else I need to do about checking that the site is being analysed.? There was a point, in the signing up process, about that, that beat me – was beyond my current cognitive load – during the signing up.  Presumably, I can go back later when I have a bit more cognitive space and try again.

I have taken a screendump in case.  I have learned to take screendumps.  This is one situation where I use it.

EBNE thinking (deBono)

Another connection with a chat today, with Hildegund at Facebook, is the post at Edward de Bono’s site, and about thinking, and what he calls EBNE thinking: Excellent, But Not Enough.

This ties in with my post about Use, and especially the remark about operacy knowledge.

It also ties in with John Heron’s ‘practical’ apex, and with presence and presentational capacity – what we can enact, bodily

This looks like taking me somewhere else, very soon now.

And right now, I am wondering: is it better that this thinking be recorded here at Edublogs, or on my Tiddlywiki .. or might it be sufficient, at my Tiddlywiki, to have the reference to here?  Oh! the bother of journalling, electronically!!!  Bother my archiving propensities.  Bother Academici teaching me to be careful.

Use, the educator

An interesting commentary on the ‘use it or lose it’ adage …

Knowledge Futures notes

how organisations lose knowledge if they do not continue to exercise the knowledge in the people.  You can have lots of wonderful documentation that lists how to do things but that it is still important to have the knowledge of the people who wrote those documents to describe the context and translate that knowledge into meaningful action

I have recently noted that when I am asked how to do something on the computer I need to come to the computer, turn it on, open the application, and then explain to the asker what I do, as I do it.

I have, much earlier, noted that the computer has taught me to not bother trying to remember … there is too much change, too quickly, to warrant expending the effort in ‘learning to remember’, or learning to the memorised stage.  And yet, with multiple activity, and continuing activity, I can ‘know what to do’, do it, and spell out to another how to do it: so there is memory, but not down pat in ‘propositional’ terms.

My recent excursion (starting July 2008) to recommence riding a bike showed me some of this patterning and its kinesthetic nature: yes, when I wanted to brake my first reaction was to back-pedal; yes, the first sensations were about being, or not being, balanced, and how balance is maintained in ongoing movement, not in stopping the bike; yes, when I fell off my bike (January 2009) I knew, almost immediately, it was irretrievable, and what I had to do to minimise the damage, and now I know, earlier, when the position of the bike is likely to approach that tipping point.

The Knowledge Futures item also reminds me that process documentation, to be good, needs to have a minimum, and to stay good needs to stay with the minimum appropriate; but that, of itself, this appropriate minimum is not enough – there is other knowledge developed, and in the doing.

Times and seasons

Shane has posted about not blogging, and I have shared Bacon’s ‘Reading makes a man full ..conference, ready .. writing, exact’

Yes, there are seasons for writing .. seasons for preparations before writing.  For me, the last month’s silence here (apart from a brief report in) has been the season of learning, before I have anything to say.  It has also been a season of more intense face-to-face engagement, including some intensive post-graduate writing mentoring.

That has meant that I have also had to forego staying in touch with the electronic media and my collection of watching spaces, via Google reader.  Two weeks ago I took the brave step of ignoring some 60 posts … and finding one poster who offered another device to her readers.  This week, in the interests of balancing work and rest, I expect to ignore another 40 posts.

But before I do that I want to capture, here, one or two that have caught my eye:

The one on healthy lurking has lessons for my engagement at CRIAN and helpful facilitating others’ interactions there.

Michael Jensen’s one on Kevin Rudd’s communication has something to say about communication style and bounces, at church, with what Peter Sholl is sharing, and is about to share, about quality of preaching and that leads back to our Grumpy Bishop .. and the art of rhetoric – something to record to my ‘to do’ list at Tiddlywiki. Now to capture that, elsewhere.

Another diversion

Concurrent with the pull technology that Stephen Downes is advocating, and the shift in my practice to build these inputs to my daily regime, has come a question about electronic journalling.

I have passed that query to another with more e-experience (a professional learning platform implementer) and been referred to Tiddlywiki.  So my silence here, for three weeks, represents any spare time being spent on making a shift in my practice to develop an on-computer Tiddlywiki for my journalling …

I am making progress. I have shifted my daily prioritising and accomplishment annotations to the Tiddlywiki.

I have been brought up against the size and nature of my archive, and so am trying to transfer material from WORD documents to a Tiddlywiki file, and as matters arise.  I will also endeavour to do some processing of the archive rather than the simple copy and paste process.  In that way, I might also develop some summarising skills for myself – having eschewed working on summarising for the past ten years of more recent scholarship (I need to have the text open to another read, rather than relying on my first read and the summary in my own words of that first read, and not having a summary forces the re-read!).