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Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink - Vijay Govindarajan and Jay Terwilliger by Vijay Govindarajan and Jay Terwilliger | 6:00 AM July 25, 2012 In articles in both the New York Times and The New Yorker earlier this year, the concept of brainstorming as introduced in the 1940′s by Alex Osborn has been attacked as ineffective and linked to the concept of “Groupthink.” In her NYT piece and in an HBR ideacast, Susan Cain points out that the popular view — “Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in.” — conflicts with research that suggests “people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption.”

The Scientific Method The Scientific Method On this page: Explanation of how the scientific method worksPractice worksheets that allow you to test your knowledgeMiscellaneous questions other people have asked me about the scientific method K-MODDL > Tutorials > Reuleaux Triangle If an enormously heavy object has to be moved from one spot to another, it may not be practical to move it on wheels. Instead the object is placed on a flat platform that in turn rests on cylindrical rollers (Figure 1). As the platform is pushed forward, the rollers left behind are picked up and put down in front.

Open Course: Social Media & Open Education I will be facilitating an open graduate course this Fall titled EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education. This will be the 5th time I have taught the course (first time was 2007), and it’s different each time. It looks like I will have about 25 graduate students taking this for credit (which is well over the usual limit), and I’m also inviting anyone out there interested in the experience to participate for free. Units and Unit Conversions On this page: What’s a unit?SI vs. Imperial unitsWhat are the units we need to worry about? 5 Places to Find Web 2.0 Resources By Jim Forde I am web geek, and not just because I own a Foursquare t-shirt that I bought at a discount after my 1000th check in. The real reason I know I am a web geek is because I LOVE discovering cool web 2.0 tools that can enhance my classroom! I am about to share with you my not so secret sources for teacher Web 2.0 excitment! ...and that's not all! Actually, it is, but I think you will enjoy discovering all of the new tools that these web sources present.

learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I unfortunately, due to existing travel and other commitments, am not in attendance. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. I see LA as a bricolage of skills, techniques, and academic/practitioner domains.

Significant Figures On this page: What’s a significant figure?Accuracy vs. precision (the actual explanation)Finding significant figures in measured dataUsing significant figures in calculationsPractice worksheets to test your knowledgeSig fig questions other people have asked me in the past Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies The Toolbox Share your Top 10 Tools to help build the 2011 list This is the 5th annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list I have built based on the contributions of learning professionals worldwide. I am now compiling the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 193 contributions so far Latest contribution: 26 June, 2011 List will be finalised 13 November, 2011 KEY Links to previous years' lists: 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 F = Free, C= Commercial, D=Download, S=Server, O=Online Cells shaded blue are new tools on the list this year, green are returners Click HERE to share your Top 10 Tools to help build the 2011 list

Professor Curt Bonk's e-Learning World This is the homepage of Curtis J. Bonk, Ph.D. Curt is Professor at Indiana University teaching psychology and technology courses. Curt is affiliated with the cognitive sciences program and is adjunct in the School of Informatics at IU. He founded SurveyShare, Inc. in 2003 which he sold in 2010.

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