Despite using the OU e-portfolio MyStuff for six months I am yet to upload a document, rather than pre-editing and pasting in notes.
As an exercise I am uploading the reading for Core Activity 2.4 on Reflective writing.
This serves several purposes:
a) testing the affordances of the technology - easy tagging and location of complete reports
b) collecting reports on a topic that interests me very much for future and extended use.
None of this changes my need to read, note take, take notes on the notes, reference other sources, see what other people say, blog it, then sleep on it (the best kind of 'cognitive housekeeping'.)
There is a set of 17 questions I use to analyse a dream. This usually reduces down to a core feeling or two. It intrigues me what my head delivers over night.
Could a dream be offered as evidence of reflection?
I cannot prove it happened. I cannot prove its contents, the places, people or events. Yet they are real. They exist. They have a material form do they not? We just have no way of copying them. Yet.
Now wonder Sussex University dropped the assessment of Learning Journals.
As soon as you set a parameter of length you diminish the stream of consciousness that is the mind at work; anything else is forced - considered: or is this the point?They are considered thoughts?
Reflecting I will enjoy. I live my life in the past.
Indeed I spend so much time writing about what I've done I sometimes wonder if I'm living my life in reverse.
Having to edit the stuff will be like hitting the fingers that are gently tapping away at this keyboard with a 1kg club lump wooden sledge hammer camping peg mallet.