August 25, 2004

responses to predictable process etc…

Follow-up to predictable process of personal blogging? from Kay's stuff

These responses are really interesting and insightful – and actually demonstrate the use of discourse blogging (with a touch of the personal).
I think that Steve may be right – that two systems may be running concurrently: the public and the private. That seems entirely reasonable, in fact most of us don't reveal that much about our thoughts and feelings to people outside a quite restricted circle (in some cases a circle of one).
Mike Rawlins – Chalybeate Training – draws a distinction between an intellectual route to learning from experience and the parallel emotional route. Whereas the intellectual route goes from 'situation' to resolution via 'awareness to acceptance to application of new insight' the emotional route may include some or all of frustration, disappointment, anger, hurt pride, fear, exposure. The reward for working through these is a much deeper learning that includes the ‘reward’ of renewed confidence, self awareness and another step towards self-realisation.

Is it possible that the public blog will show the intellectual reflection on progress and the private blog the emotional? In which case blogging may be uniquely suited to fearless (?) self-development and learning from life. But if the emotional route (which I guess most of us recognise) is important, then should we make our private blog accessible to somebody? some people? everybody? since feedback and shared recognition of life’s dilemmas are part of the learning process too.

Or is this all a bit much for a new e-learning tool to carry…..


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  1. Robert O'Toole

    My guess is that for many students, the traditional seminar is too risky a place in which to express the emotional aspects of learning, and hence much gets supressed and missed out. Students have an acute (and sometimes misguided) awareness of risk. Hence the dreaded seminar silence.

    We may find that people use privacy controlled blogs as an alternative place for this to occur alongside the intellectual route.

    25 Aug 2004, 14:40

  2. Robert O'Toole

    And another key way in which blogs change the way you think is that they encourage summarization, just as you have done here!

    25 Aug 2004, 14:41

  3. Steve Rumsby

    When I write stuff down, whether in email, blog, Word, Usenet or forum, this always causes me to think and re-think what I'm writing, sometimes resulting in sevaral drafts before finally hitting the "send" button. I'm not sure this is always a good thing in a blog. I don't write "personal log" entries very often, but when I do, I try to avoid any re-drafting so that I capture my thought processes in their entirety. If I did it more often (note to self:-) this would, I think, help me understand more about how my brain works and how I reach the conculsions I do.

    For blog entries intended for public consumption, though, I'm not that brave!

    25 Aug 2004, 14:57


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