Sunday, 1 January 2017

12 ideas for 2017

1. The creative spark

"Most great achievements are made through a combination of steady application and sudden insight." from
Chapter 9, page 141
The 80/20 Principle, by Richard Koch, 1st edition, 1998, a Currency Book by Doubleday

"The music comes to me when I'm relaxing .."
Section on Compositional Method

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius TED2009 · 19:09 · Filmed Feb 2009

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant TED2016

2. Developing the initial idea / inspiration

"her seemingly spontaneous style of composition obscures the harder work involved in creating larger and complex compositions, where the idea or initial melody is only the first part of a much longer process"
Section on Compositional Method

"Writing is a habit, not an art"
Chapter 2 title
page 17
Everybody Writes, by Ann Handley, 1st edition, 2014, Wiley

"There's something about the creative process that I still find remarkable," Ive said. "That on a Tuesday, there's not an idea, it's just Tuesday. And on Wednesday, there's an idea. And it invariably starts as a very tentative and fragile thought and ... it's so nebulous that the ability to try and describe it and communicate it is very important to that idea. … And I still love how you can have a thought that is so fragile that can become something so powerful. I feel so grateful that I can participate in this process."

3. Time on task

"It takes time to learn anything worthwhile. To accumulate knowledge and skills. To integrate this new learning, and be able to, and be confident applying this in the workplace, and real life settings.
This is the difference between undertaking a program of training, and formal courses, compared with short symposia and workshops, or an isolated lecture. Formal training programs gives students time, space, and a place to learn. On a regular basis. This promotes a cumulative increase in learning. Combining theoretical learning with practical case studies integrates basic principles with practice points, and promotes transfer of learning from the classroom to the real world. Online learning programs should include elements from traditional classroom practices which facilitate learning. This includes scheduled time to review the learning material, to work on applying what is learnt by working on assessments and assignments, individually and by learning collaboratively with peers; as well as provide opportunities for timely feedback from instructors."

above from
Goh, P.S. A series of reflections on eLearning, traditional and blended learning. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:19. Epub 2016 Oct 14.

Hence the questions which are often asked when inquiring about the background and training of a prospective employee/trainee:
-Educational and training background?
-With whom?
-Doing what? (curriculum)
-Know, know how, show how, does
-Tell me about...
-What do you think about...
-What would you do when...
-Show me...
-Demonstrate how you would...
-Let's see how this candidate...

4. Your canvas

"Each of us ... given only one canvas ... What would you, my fellow traveller, do with the single canvas of your life?"
page 112
The Desire for Elsewhere, by Agnes Chew, 1st edition, 2016, Math Paper Press

5. Take a few steps every day

Taking the first step ... small steps first ..... keep going ..... cumulative effort ..... taking the final steps ... completing / finishing ..... crossing the line ....... take stock ....... take it in ..... expanded vistas ...... expanded insights/deeper ones ..... rest, relax, consolidate, integrate, re-energise and re-stock ....... continue the (your) journey

6. Start where you are, with what you have at hand

7. Focus on your objective - as an educator, your instructional objective, learning objective

Hedge Your Bets (Tomorrow's Professor post #1594)

8. Start with your objective, your outcome, then look for a tool / platform

Goh, P.S., Sandars, J. An innovative approach to digitally flip the classroom by using an online "graffiti wall" with a blog. Med Teach. 2016 Aug;38(8):858. Epub 2016 Jul 14.

Goh, P.S. Using a blog as an integrated eLearning tool and platform. Med Teach. 2016 Jun;38(6):628-9. Epub 2015 Nov 11.

9. Use (technological) tools / platforms that are - easy to use, easy to access. low cost / ideally free, easily scalable / capacity to be easily scalable, secure (e.g Google Blogger, Facebook Instagram, WhatsApp, WeChat)

10. Blend traditional (face to face) with online/mobile learning and teaching/engagement

Paper Calendars Endure Despite the Digital Age

Goh, P.S. A series of reflections on eLearning, traditional and blended learning. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:19. Epub 2016 Oct 14.

11. The motivation of your learners, their interest/attention/engagement is key
-Why before How

"Effective learning, and deep learning require interest in a topic, a commitment to learning by our students, regular and systematic participation in an educational process and program, with active engagement with the educational content and the training process. Effective teaching requires awareness of the educational background and prior experience of our students, efforts to maintain and increase motivation in our students, careful and knowledgeable selection of instructional content, and use of interactive and active learning exercises, sequenced and built into a systematic and programmatic educational and training process. Educational technology can anchor and facilitate both effective learning and teaching."

above from
Goh PS. eLearning or technology enhanced learning in medical education - Hope, not hype. Med Teach. 2016 Sep; 38(9): 957-958, Epub 2016 Mar 16

keep it short

12. Focus on/monitor/evaluate the effect/impact/outcomes of your educational intervention

Goh, P.S. A proposal for a grading and ranking method as the first step toward developing a scoring system to measure the value and impact of viewership of online material in medical education - going beyond “clicks” and views toward learning. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:62. Epub 2016 Dec 9.

Goh, P.S. Presenting the outline of a proposal for a 5 part program of medical education research using eLearning or Technology enhanced learning to support Learning through the continuum of Undergraduate, through Postgraduate to Lifelong learning settings. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:55. Epub 2016 Dec 7.

Goh, P.S. The value and impact of eLearning or Technology enhanced learning from one perspective of a Digital Scholar. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:31. Epub 2016 Oct 18.