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July 27, 2007

Skills and Research

Follow-up to Back to the basics from The URSS Blog

Today was a good day. It started with better weather and continued with a good Warwick Skills meeting. First, however, I continued with my organisation of current notes. I hand wrote all my comments up to this point, which makes it appear as if I am doing everything twice. Even though, it is also quite nice to have a sheet of handwriting with every article. Tough call! Anyway, I guess its just a job which has to be done now; I will decide later how I want to proceed. One possibility would be to print the notes out and file them with my articles or something like that.
The Warwick Skill meeting gave me some interesting inputs on various aspects of the whole URSS project. I decided to defiantly take part in it, as it offers the opportunity to start something like a learning process, between all the photocopying.
There are some technical solutions to organise myself which I have not heard of before and sound very attractive. A so called ‘Mind Manager’ program, that can be accessed in all computer facilities at the university is defiantly one of the inputs I will take on board from today’s meeting. It was said that it enables to create sub-mind maps and interlink those with individual documents; exactly what I need for my chaos of notes.
Furthermore, we are being offered to have our own e-portfolio, which would be essentially my own website. Sounds cool, but I do not know whether I have enough to say yet. I applied anyway, just to see what it is like.
Finally, we were told, that instead of a presentation, we are encouraged to use alternative forms of presentation. I thought it would be cool to produce a pod-cast, or maybe even a small film on our project; see what Dan thinks about it.
Now it’s the weekend, hopefully all the donkey-work is done by Monday.

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