whew! what we take for granted

24 04 2005

i’ve spent the last few days helping my mother bring my father home from the hospital where he had been for he past two months after his last heart attack.  in addition to the physical problems caused by the heart attack and then two months of relative inactivity, he’s coping with near blindness caused by his lifelong diabetes.

i’ve never truly comprehended exactly how much we depend upon the perceptions we know and use on a minute by minute basis.  balance, direction, perspective, and distance are all concepts which don’t mean much to him without the visual cues he’s depended upon all of his life.   the home he’s lived in for almost 40 years is alien and confusing to him.

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role of exclusion in learning

9 04 2005

in his new blog connectivism, george siemans puts forward his hypothesis on the role of exclusion in learning.  simply put, he believes that when learning we have some sort of mechanism which excludes information that we have no need for or interested in.  we can, of course, choose to learn information we’d normally exclude, but doing so takes a great deal of effort.  i agree with george completely regarding the role of exclusion. (see my comment on his post.)

one idea that I have after being inspired by george’s thoughts is that the difficulty in learning to change our way of learning is often one of the major reasons why workplace learning professionals need to exist. 

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