For 6.12.19

  • BPMN
  • Note-taking
  • Reflection/Learning
  • Blog Post


Revise your model to include “swim lanes” and anything else you find in the resources that you find helpful

  • Revision is also known as “learning”, where you do something a second time differently based on your learning new concepts or methods
  • Advice is what I’ve offered everyone, and especially advice on the use of “swim lanes”: respond to this advice as you would any opportunity to explore and learn (there is no one correct way)
  • Resources are what you find in that list of links I offered you two weeks ago: scan for “swim lanes” to revise your homework, then look for other interesting things you might exploit
  • Your Mission is to become an independent, autonomous learner and that means learning how to read through the materials until you understand most everything — but at your own pace (and not wait for a lecture from me)


As you work with more and more complicated stuff, your “container” or “tools” for thinking through, taking notes, and recalling your notes will likely need to become more sophisticated

  • Install and learn how to use a notebook application like OneNote or Evernote, and do some of the things outlined in this blog post on Evernote
  • In particular, for your studies of BPMN, create a folder and a number of files so that you have all of your resources, experiments, assignments, and notes in one place


Your mission is to learn how to learn, something that requires your taking up responsibility for your learning

  • Write up what you’ve learned, by not simply listing the symbols and what they mean, but more deeply: how you’ve lifted your eyes up off the page, scratched your head, and wrapped your head around the idea
  • Write up what you’ve done, by not simply listing your steps, but more deeply: how you worked your way through the problem, the decisions you made and why you made them, what dead ends you encountered and where you broke on through to the other side

Team Work is essential to this enterprise, learn how to exploit it

  • Team Work is an article I’ve written that might help you see the big picture, and it offers some detailed advice on writing with and for your classmates (and not for the teacher)
  • Write up your version of the work, and where and how you saw things differently: learn how to exploit these differences: learning from others is likely just as important as struggling on your own
  • Identify your resources, including what texts or web sites you visited, what you found there, and what you did with this advice.