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This I think.. assignment Things You Really Need to Learn is always interesting. All the advice is pretty good but everyone has their own perspective on each of the points.

Learning to learn covers a lot. We all do it – formally in class or training, and informally – everywhere else. We are learning more about learning with and in spite of technology. More about this in the coming weeks.

Learning and reading are very connected with the internet. So much information on the web is text, although that is changing as more information is presented as audio and video. If you can read, you have access to all this information and can learn from it. If you can learn, you can learn to read but this is more difficult. For CIS2 there is still a lot of reading and writing, but less than when there was a 500 page textbook.

Learning to accept criticism as positive is an important part of valuing yourself. Usually people who provide feedback are trying to help you, even if that isn’t obvious.

Note that he says predicting consequences – plural. Just thinking about possible outcomes is important. Understanding that there may be a range of outcomes and consequences helps inform your decisions and actions. Too often people make decisions without thinking it through only to be surprised (or worse) later on when they find that they have made a mistake that could have been avoided. Before you rush into something, stop for a moment and think about the possible consequences. That’s all he is saying. As Lydia said, “if you did not allow for “what if”, then something bad could happen and then all the other stuff doesn’t matter.”

Everyone is creative. Creative and artistic are different. Both can be learned and practiced. We sell ourselves short on creativity because we don’t think we are artistic, even though we are really creative. All the problem-solving we do in our day-to-day life requires creativity. This isn’t the same as painting a masterpiece or composing a symphony.

“Creativity requires a little gift, smart heart, and a long time accumulation” — thanks Jainqi. That gift that we all have can be developed with encouragement and practice. There is a lot of interest in problem- or inquiry-based learning so students become more creative and self-directed in their learning. You will see this in CIS2 activities because I think this is really important.

I hope that CIS2 will be a meaningful contribution to your education and that you will have an opportunity to explore topics of interest and importance to society and to you.

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