Wesley Fryer discusses How are you dealing with TMI? (Too Much Information) (found via Stephen Downes). Wesley points us to a post by Kevin Washburn “TMI! Information Overload and Learning.” where Kevin points out:
TMI floods the brain with data, preventing comprehension and elaboration, and thus, preventing learning. Jonah Lehrer suggests the danger of too much information is “it can actually interfere with understanding.” Why? Because the brain has a do-it-yourself attitude toward learning.
Wes also asks us to consider:
current visual list of education applications from the website “All My Favs.” I’m overwhelmed just looking at these choices!
This is similar to the list of Web 2.0 tools that I often use in my presentations.
All of these represent potential metacognitive tools and methods. Life was simple 25 years ago. We knew how to use the card catalog, journal indices, microfiche readers. We had quarters in our pocket for the Xerox machine. We knew how to use Interlibrary Loan. We knew how to take notes.
It's a lot more complicated these days.
And I think that we need to recognize that it's more than the "Too Much Information" aspect of the issue. It's really that we need to adapt to new methods and tools. It's a big skills, knowledge, performance gap – see Work Skills Keeping Up. And I personally believe that it's a big mistake to Not Prepare Workers for Web 2.0. It's why I created Work Literacy about a year ago.
Wes has some specific suggestions in his post for how to deal with TMI.
I try to address this through posts such as:
- Tool Set
- LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers
- Top-Down Strategy
- Better Memory
- Information Radar
- Processing Pages with Links
- Networks and Learning Communities
- Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool
I look forward to collaborating on this very important topic.