T214: Activity 5.8 – analysing your messy situation

This activity asks me to think about the messy situation I’ve chosen for my assignments (Marconi’s descent into bankruptcy) by thinking about my feelings around that time. The question is: Are there any aspects of the situation that you feel critical or guilty about, or where you attribute blame to others? Superficially, I could rant…… Continue reading T214: Activity 5.8 – analysing your messy situation

T214: the problem with paradigms

I’m running a little behind with my T214 study but I’m determined to make a few posts about some of the subjects brought up in my readings. I may find these useful when I come to reflect on my learning. One of the recent readings is concerned with “self-sealing behaviour”. This describes behaviour that reinforces…… Continue reading T214: the problem with paradigms

T214: Block 2, Activity 1a – Climate Change

This activity requires me to “reflect on how a range of ‘thinking traps’ may influence how you engage with complex situations” by writing down what I think about: “the causes of emerging environmental crises such as climate change, and what you believe could resolve these problems” I’m not sure they could have picked a more…… Continue reading T214: Block 2, Activity 1a – Climate Change

T214: Block 2, Multiple Intelligences

The OU course notes have opened up a whole other can of worms about different kinds of intelligence. There has been some research by Gardner that revealed eight different types of intelligence. These are: Linguistic intelligence. The ability to use a coherent narrative to communicate and organise thoughts. Logical–mathematical intelligence. The ability to investigate issues…… Continue reading T214: Block 2, Multiple Intelligences

T214: Block 2, Thinking Traps

This block introduces the term “thinking traps” – an all-encompassing description of the ways that our brains fail us when trying to understand complex systems. There are a number of different thinking traps: short attention spans (I’m really guilty of this) oversimplification (most science stories in the news) groupthink – seeking out opinions of like-minded…… Continue reading T214: Block 2, Thinking Traps

T214: Block 1, case study 6 – Wikipedia

So far, during my OU T214 studies, I’ve failed to find enough time to properly engage with some of the research activities. There have been a number of case studies that I should have been writing about but which I skimmed over instead. I don’t want to repeat that for my second assignment, at least…… Continue reading T214: Block 1, case study 6 – Wikipedia

T214: Case Study 3 – peer-to-peer networking and the music industry

This case study involves looking at the effect that Napster had on the music industry. It seems ancient history now – it’s only ten years ago, but that’s a millennium in Internet terms – but the repercussions from Napster’s appearance are still relevant today. At least, that’s what I hope I will find from my…… Continue reading T214: Case Study 3 – peer-to-peer networking and the music industry

T214: Case Study 1 – the World Wide Web

Block 1 section three requires me to look at three case studies: the World Wide Web, malicious software (sometimes called ‘malware’) and music and file sharing. Considering my rampant Internet use since the late 90s I should find this part of the course easier than I will some of the later blocks. I believe there’s…… Continue reading T214: Case Study 1 – the World Wide Web