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Personal Knowledge Management Workshops

Workshop length: 3 1.5-hour workshops; 2 25-minute 1-to-1 consultations; 2 reflective assessments

Credit: One Out-of-Classroom Credit (awarded by the Horizons Office)

Students: 262 students (from March 2022 to October 2023)

Dates of Workshop: Beginning of Every Semester

Unleashing the Power of Personal Knowledge Management

CAES is pleased to introduce Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) workshops which incorporate the in-house RST Model (Reflection, Strategies, Tools) to enhance digital and informational literacy for students seeking to advance their learning experiences.

The PKM workshops aim to unlock students' potential by guiding them in mastering learning content through high-order thinking techniques and the use of technology. The unique approach introduces the "second brain" system and a customizable "dashboard" design, empowering individuals to excel in academics and beyond.

Laying Foundations for Effective Learning

The workshops commence by establishing a solid understanding of the learning process itself, following the RST Model. Sessions provide an overview of essential educational terminology and research that pertain to reflection, strategies, and tools for growth. Participants are then guided in selecting the right tools to enhance their learning experience, from the simplicity of pen and paper to powerful digital solutions. The PKM workshops encourage a "design-thinking" approach to create personalized knowledge management systems based on the RST Model.

Going Beyond a Simple Database

Enriched by the RST Model, the PKM approach encourages individuals to think beyond traditional organizational structures and design systems tailored to their unique learning habits. This includes creating notes designed to support higher-order thinking, such as categorization, analysis, and synthesis – all essential components of Bloom's Taxonomy.

The objective of these workshops is to facilitate the development of a versatile system tailored to participants' needs, enabling not only the organization of knowledge, notes, and project work but also the enhancement of higher-order thinking, recall, and organization. Participants engage in discussions regarding their "second brain" system, whether it is encompassed within a single application or a combination of applications. They will showcase their designs through a reflective video assessment, which is due at the end of the workshop. While the Notion app is introduced to students, they are encouraged to explore other applications, such as Miro or Obsidian, or beyond, allowing them to utilize the tools that best suit their individual needs.

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