Changing and expanding the structures of thinking not only opens new opportunities and goals, they are also becoming “fluent” and more an open process than concrete and fixed plans.
The tools used for planning also change and I am wondering, up to which extent this is an evolutionary, linear and progressive process, or rather a circular or spiral process? Doesn’t it sometimes lead back to methods which used to be helpful, have been forgotten or displaced an now come back in new contexts, expanded and and/or improved and again helpful?
Preparing for my Master’s thesis, those questions arises again and again – and the exciting thing about is, that even the first modules and themes which seem to have no connection to “my” research topic, then turn out to be helpful and important. Currently I am writing about the development of distance education at the University of Hagen. Discover how “old” and especially how different and international long-distance teaching is. Discover relationships and questions about the upcoming module, which will deal with »cultures of reading and writing« and different definitions of literacy. Come back to cognitive development and the influence of digital media. The prophecy they would destroy “cultures of reading and writing«. The hope that they will lead to global learning. The balancing act between technology euphoria and a pragmatic way of dealing with technology. Get the idea that the international history and development of distance learning reflects the development of various literacies and new cultures of learning. And thus could become a component or the missing piece of the puzzle for a dissertation dealing with the question of a fifth stage of development – perhaps even as the.
Exciting – and worth to start a new (cross-linked) plan: