Here’s a simple little activity that can have a large effect on your ability to come up with ideas and be creative.
You probably have a routine for starting your day. Add the webpage below and a few minutes to that routine and notice the difference it makes. Continue reading ‘Your Daily Dose of Inspiration’
This time we are going to give the students full control. Full control of a course that is. Moodle has a strong focus on communication and this is also an important aspect of an intranet. What we are going to do is allow our students a certain degree of freedom but in a way that we can manage. In doing so we will give the students ownership and motivate them to get involved.
Continue reading ‘Moodle Activity – Course as an Intranet’
It’s not uncommon for us to get stuck in a particular line of thinking when tackling a task or problem. It is very easy to just do it the same way everyone else does, or to apply a similar pattern that we’re used to. But sometimes it can be very beneficial to start looking at the task from different angles in order to find new and better ways of doing things. One way to do this is to start an argument.
Continue reading ‘Start an argument to get a new perspective’
I like to spend a lot of time stumbling around the internet. It is not uncommon for people to associate this activity with slacking off or time wasting. I however see it as a great source of inspiration and new ideas. It is an important ingredient in leaving average behind and setting great in your sights. I think you need a certain knack or approach however to be successful at it.
Continue reading ‘Stumbling around the Interweb pays off.’
Everyone is unique in the way they go about achieving things. Everything you do is unique and special in it’s own way. This can be in a little way, or this can be in a big way. It all depends on what you are doing and how much you want to take control of what it is that you are doing. However you approach it, the workflow you end up with is art. Continue reading ‘Your Workflow is Art’
You have a problem and it needs solving. You have a current solution but it isn’t quite there. You think that to refine the existing solution isn’t going to cut it. A more elegant solution could be found by cutting your losses and starting over, to rebuild from scratch. Your boss however doesn’t want to do that as it will cost too much and potentially take a lot longer. Let’s look at this from both sides of the argument. Continue reading ‘Refine or rebuild’
I want you to reflect a bit on what it is that you do in your day to day work. Now I want you to summarise this into one sentence. I’m willing to bet that your sentence is of a materialistic nature. Something along the lines of. “I develop software” or “I create marketing campaigns for a marketing firm” or “I manage a team creating product X”. We’re going to look at this from a different point of view and see how it changes the way you feel about your job. See if it improves your job satisfaction.
Continue reading ‘Change your Job without actually changing your Job’
“When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop…
But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem — and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works.“
Steve Jobs. Continue reading ‘Steve Jobs on Problem Analysis’
Breakout rooms are designed to let ideas flow. In a previous post I talked about whiteboards and how they are a simple tool with the potential to boost your productivity and collaboration efforts. In this post we are going to take it one step further and talk about break out rooms.
Continue reading ‘Breakout rooms foster creativity’