Beginnings for 1st task


A book, in this conception, or a computer, or a program, comes into existence first as an ideal construct, built outside time and space, but complete in essence in the mind of the author. It is implemented in time and space, by pen, ink, and paper; or by silicon and metal. The creation is complete when someone reads the book, uses the computer, or runs the program, thereby interacting with the mind of the maker.

For the 1st task, I, on behalf of the education academic community1, am the reader or user of your work. In the 2nd task, I will have to make a judgement about your work which you will have designed for others, which is why it is so important to get some feedback from likely readers/users of your work.

While I will keep nagging about the importance of you keeping notebooks, when it comes to doing the work, Brooks quotes from a letter of Mozart to his father:


Mozart’s response to his father’s inquiry about an opera due to the duke in three weeks both stuns us and clarifies the concept:
Everything has been composed, just not yet written down.

In an ideal world, the idea, implementation and interaction ought to happen iteratively, i.e. it is not a linear process. This means it is actually good to talk to others, including me about your plans, thinking, ideas. :)