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Het in kaart brengen van kennis (mindmappen)

November 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Het in kaart brengen van kennis is een hulpmiddel om op een gestructureerde manier met kennis om te gaan. Het laat niet alleen zien wat er al is, maar geeft ook aanzet tot het leggen van verbanden die er nog niet zijn (leren).

Een kenniskaart  bestaat grofweg uit 2 elementen:

1) Begrippen: woorden die een regelmaat weergeven in objecten of gebeurtenissen
2) Stellingen: uitspraken die 2 begrippen met elkaar verbinden door middel van een woord.

Een kenniskaart heeft daarbij ook nog de volgende eigenschappen:

1) Er zit een hiërarchische volgorde in de begrippen. Om te weten waar de hoogste waarde is kun je de vraag stellen: “Wat probeer ik (aan) te tonen met de kennis kaart?”.
2) De aanwezigheid  van kruisverwijzingen (stellingen). Deze verwijzingen leggen een verband tussen kennis op verschillende delen van de kaart. Deze kruisverwijzingen zijn cruciaal  in het creëren van nieuwe kennis.

Het maken van een kenniskaart kan uit de lossen pols op een organische manier. Een andere aanpak (handig in het begin) is alle begrippen eerst onder elkaar opschrijven en daarna op hun plaats zetten. de flexibiliteit van bijvoorbeeld een mindmap programma kan dat versimpelen.

Na het maken van een eerste (ruwe) kaart probeer je de kruisverwijzingen te zoeken om zodoende het inzicht te vergroten. Wees wel selectief immers alles is op een manier met elkaar verbonden.

Bij het zoeken van stellingen is het belangrijk om heldere formuleringen te vinden, dit zorgt ervoor dat je de stof goed begrijpt.


Vrij vertaald uit: Novak, J.D. ” The theory underlying concept maps and how to construct them”, Cornell University, CMAP-Tools


Asking for feedback

February 17, 2011 1 comment

Today I’m looking into asking for feedback, which contrary to giving/receiving feedback is a subject not must talked about (at least in the courses I’ve been to). But asking for feedback is vital for learning.

First off I read an article with the title: ‘You don’t give feedback, you ask for it!’ found at Geuzinge & Groeneveld( in dutch). The document is advocating that the new feedback is not about changing someone, but about people wanting to change. This is a strong mindset, and connects well with to my essay, which by the way I translated to…well.. kind of english (next to the about button).

So, how do you go about asking feedback? I found 2 articles one by Cynthia Morris and one by the UNC writing centre. I’ll give you the things I liked:

  1. Think about why you want the feedback.
  2. Where in the process to you want feedback (idea, draft, final version).
  3. Design your feedback, make it specific (Asking for a general opinion, might not be that helpful).
  4. What kind of feedback do you want? (idea vs Assignment, content, grammar, style).
  5. Think about whom to ask, everybody has a different perspective!
  6. Make very clear when you need the feedback!

Now comes the most important part of asking for feedback, to doing something with it. So here are some tips:

  1. Read ALL your collected feedback, and see if you can discover a trends.
  2. If you don’t understand the feedback ask for clarification (ask for examples).
  3. Choose! Feedback is about suggestions, in the end your responsible.

Feedback:  wordpress:1, FD site:1, Twitter: 0, Yammer:2, Email:0 LinkedIn:0, WhatsApp:1, In person:2

Network: Twitter: 7 followers, LinkedIn: 50 connections

(Please tell me, How do you ask for feedback? )

Building the network I need!

February 16, 2011 1 comment

Day two on my quest: filling in the gap in knowledge and skill on both web 2.0 and solution focussed management. To accomplish my goal of writing a good essay in the FD Career Challlenge(in dutch).

Looking on my stats down below it’s not going very well is it. So today I’m looking into social networking (big part of Web 2.0). I found a great article on networking: ‘The 10 Secrets of a Master Networker’, from back in the days when networking using a phone meant texting and talking. It gave me ten tips on becoming a great networker:

  1. Don’t network just to network – Well My Goal is clear.
  2. Take names! – Need some more.
  3. Build it before you need it – Flunked that one! Then again, without the internet this seems harder to do.
  4. Never eat alone – With two kids who am I kidding.
  5. Be interesting – Hmmm, getting back to this one.
  6. Manage the gatekeeper – Today’s social networks don’t have secretaries, or do they?
  7. Always ask. ‘Boldness and it’s genius, is a gift’ – Well for me it’s not a gift, so working on that one.
  8. Don’t keep score – Indeed
  9. Ping constantly – PING! back in 2003, nice I’m not very good at this, How can I develop this?
  10. Find anchor tenants – Ok, not working on that for now.
The ones I work on are 2, 5 and 7.
Take names!
I follow the article/blog/twitter trail. I think of knowledge as of water coming down from the top of the mountain, just follow the stream and you will get to the source. But, do stop and look at the river as well, it might be beautiful.
Be interesting
I’m doing this by creating a pitch to introduce myself (both links are to an excellent site by Lisa B. Marshall). The result is on my about page and was the ‘hello world’ post yesterday.
Always ask
Just being connected is not enough you need to ask, and tha’s tough. I tip I ones read was to not ask all, people won’t give you all, but don’t ask to little either, people need challenges. And belief in the fact that ‘No’, doesn’t hurt you or your relation.

Feedback:  wordpress:0, FD site:1, Twitter: 0, Yammer:0, Email:0 LinkedIn:0, WhatsApp:1

Network: Twitter: 6 followers, LinkedIn: 50 connections

(Please comment on anything you want, make your point and give an example or donate a question)

Hello world!

February 13, 2011 1 comment

My Name is Vincent Beentjes, and I’m the innovators facilitators apprentice (For now). I’m currently learning to be a facilitator of Innovation, learning the robes from colleagues and from searching the web. At the moment I’ m focussed on communication and coaching.

Communication and coaching is perhaps the most important part of helping people to innovate, a part from teaching them the basic ideas behind Creative Problem Solving. I started this page to participate in a contest in writing an essay on Web 2.0 and since any entry goes, here’s my idea:

Web 2.0 should be embraced by organisations and is  to used as a tool to accommodate solution focussed management.

Now here’s the thing, I’m not skilled in the field of Web 2.0 neither in the field of solution focussed management. There is a time limit of 15 days . So how I am I to pull this off. Well that’s the thing with of Web 2.0, you’re not alone. It’s about getting connected, it’s about getting it out there, it’s about making mistakes, it’s about feedback, but most of all its about getting things done.

So this is me getting it out there, unskilled, making mistakes hoping for your feedback, and writing that essay at it goes.

(Please comment on anything you want, make your point and give an example or donate a question)