The Internet featured a video Saturday morning produced by Through the Wormhole entitled, “Upload Your Brain to Live Forever?” It basically detailed how researchers are looking into ways in which data can be saved and organized so as to provide a black box of sorts which could preserve one’s thoughts and memories. This black box would possibly be a digital representation of your personality and could be shared with others even after your death. It was a fascinating concept.
It made me think once again, however, about what I put “out there” for others to read and ponder and about my journey as an adult learner; whether or not I was making contributions of real value or just completing assignments. For me, it is all too easy to get caught up into going from assignment to assignment, checking off boxes and gauging how close I might be to the finish line. The idea of having my own “life logging” recorded over time really caused me to hesitate and think about becoming a little more intentional with my efforts.
Ironically, I am doing my first research project on evaluation and although the focus will largely be on the assessment and evaluation of surgical skills, this provides me with a good opportunity to stop and evaluate my learning in this class to this point.
1) How have the end products for each assignment reflected the degree to which I have prepared for each through reading, exploration and utilization of resources?
2) Is there a clear indication that the principles of instructional design are understood in their application to our assignments?
3) Have I contributed appropriately as a team member to develop and complete assignments?
4) Does my reflective writing indicate the practice of critical thinking with regard to my learning and where I am in my journey as an adult learner?
It isn’t important to share how I evaluate myself at this point in this class; just that I am thinking about it and being mindful of where I am in this process.