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TB872: Concept map to help with my EMA

Note: this is a post reflecting on one of the modules of my MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice. You can see all of the related posts in this category

A concept map based on the structure of TB872's End of Module Assessment questions.

It’s 15 years since I spent days creating a concept map for my Ed.D. thesis. Thankfully, the End of Module Assessment (EMA) for this MSc module is a mere 4,000 words, meaning it’s only taken me a few hours to create this one using Whimsical.

The requirements for the EMA are outlined in a previous post. All I’ve got to do now is write it. It’s such an interesting topic that I need to remind myself that I’ve given myself until next Friday to get it written. I’m moving house the week after, and I want this to be done.

In related news, although I’d originally planned not to do the other compulsory introductory module for this MSc (TB871) until 2025, I’ve changed my mind. Never one to shirk from a challenge, I’ll be starting that one on May 1st — a couple of weeks after finishing this assignment 😅

How I use a MacBook Pro (October 2012)

Back in May 2011 I put together a 9-minute screencast showing how I used a (previous work’s) MacBook Pro. That proved reasonably popular with over 18,000 views on YouTube and plenty of comments here. Happily, Stephen Downes picked up on it and shared the way he works.

I thought it was time for an update, not least because I now work for a different organisation and do so from home. I can’t promise that the video screencast above is a comprehensive overview of everything I do, but it reflects what I’m up to right now! Thanks to colleague Laura Hilliger for giving me a nudge to do this. 🙂

Tip: crank the video quality up to 720p and click the arrows to the bottom-right of the embedded YouTube video to go fullscreen!

How I Use a MacBook Pro (May 2011)


On the basis of I’d be rather interested if other people I know did this, here’s a 9-minute ramble through how I’ve got my MacBook Pro set up – including apps and web services I use. If there’s anything you see in the screencast that I forgot to mention explicitly, please do ask in the comments below.

There’s one thing I forgot to mention: I don’t use the ‘tapping’ feature on laptop trackpads as it drives me mad. That causes problems for others when they use my machines…

Tip: click the arrows to the bottom-right of the embedded YouTube video to go fullscreen!