Information Skills for Researchers > Developing your ideas > Mind Mapping ™ Mind Maps (or concepts maps) can be used to help frame a research question, plan an essay or a literature search, or take notes in a meeting. The maps are a way of representing information in a visual format that is similar to the way the brain itself maps concepts; i.e. in a non-linear, interconnected view. Mind Maps make use of colour, images and symbols to help stimulate the brain’s recall. One way to implement a Mind Map in your research process is to use the map to state what you already know about a particular topic.
To Analyze Thinking We Must Identify and Question its Elemental Structures Standard: Clarityunderstandable, the meaning can be grasped Could you elaborate further? Could you give me an example? Critical Thinking Model 1
Making Critical Thinking Intuitive Teaching For Intuitive Understanding The meaning of “intuitive” we are using in this chapter makes no reference to a mysterious power of the mind, but rather to the phenomenon of “quick and ready insight” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary). This sense of the word is connected to the everyday fact that we can learn concepts at various levels of depth. When, for example, we memorize an abstract definition of a word and do not learn how to apply it effectively in a wide variety of situations, we end up without an intuitive foundation for our understanding. We lack the insight, in other words, into how, when, and why it applies.
S-1 Thinking Independently Principle: Critical thinking is independent thinking, thinking for oneself. Many of our beliefs are acquired at an early age, when we have a strong tendency to form beliefs for irrational reasons (because we want to believe, because we are praised or rewarded for believing). Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought
Create a mashup Definition: A mashup is "a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool; an example is the use of cartographic data from Google Maps to add location information to real estate data, thereby creating a new and distinct web service that was not originally provided by either source" (Wikipedia). For a terrific example of a mashup, see EveryBlock Chicago.
WIKINDX is a free Virtual Research Environment (an online bibliographic and quotations/notes management and article authoring system) designed either for single use (on a variety of operating sytems) or multi-user collaborative use across the internet. Current version is 4.2.1 (May 2013) v4.2.1 can be test-driven by following the 'Test-drive' link at the top of the page. Developed under the GNU GPL license, the project homepage can be found at sourceforge and the required files/updates are available for download there. A FreeBSD port (WIKINDX v3.8.2) by Martin Wilke may be downloaded from http://www.freshports.org/www/wikindx. A Fedora RPM (v4.2.x) by Ankur Sinha may be downloaded from http://ankursinha.fedorapeople.org/wikindx/ WIKINDX 3
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A federal appeals court granted a boost to fair use advocates Friday when it ruled that an online cheating-detection service storing thousands of student essays did not violate the intellectual property rights of the essayists. Students who claimed Turnitin.com breached their copyrights because it placed their works in its database brought the lawsuit. The site compares new essays submitted by teachers with a database of other essays to determine whether plagiarism was at work. The E-Commerce and Tech Law Blog eloquently provides the nuts and bolts of the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Fair Use Bolstered by Student-Cheating Detection Service | Threat Level
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SWOT analysis, with its four elements in a 2×2 matrix. SWOT analysis (alternatively SWOT Matrix) is a structured planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business venture. A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieving that objective. SWOT analysis
This categorie includes articles on various research methodology. Educational technology uses a wide range of methodology. Starting points: Research methodology resources (if you search for some good resources on the Internet) Methodology tutorial (a crash course for students with a weak methodology background) Subcategories This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total. Category:Research methodologies
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[Note 10/18/2013: Please view an updated and expanded version of this post at http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2013/10/how-to-cite-social-media-in-apa-style.html] by Chelsea Lee Previously I talked about how to cite Twitter and Facebook posts or feeds in general, which you can do quite easily by mentioning the URLs in text (with no reference list entries required). Today I address some of the issues pertaining to citing particular posts, which require both reference list entries and in-text citations. As you may have noticed, the Publication Manual does not give specific guidance on how to do this. This is an evolving area, and blog discussions will be considered as we create guidelines related to these new references sources for future APA Style products. How to Cite Twitter and Facebook, Part II: Reference List Entries and In-Text Citations
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