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IntelRag Purpose: A private horizon scanning guide for learning, research, and general information. This site covers a complex array of subjects from intelligence to media, free courses, certificates, and research references. IntelRag is published on the internet for ease of use as an “Online Open Learning” classroom and is linked-to public offerings. Organizations linked-to own and are responsible for the accuracy and appropriateness of their content.

Why is IntelRag complex? Terms defining the website are learning, research, intel, intelligence, newsmedia, and rag, an old term from the years of newspapers and printed media. At any time, individuals, groups, and organizations may have differing opinions on a subject during research, or instruction, based on their knowledge and experience. Their opinions change over time. This process can be demonstrated by Tuckman’s stages of group development,

Refer to the post “Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom” for additional insight.

The United States and The World have been experiencing this concept since the beginning of time as we know it. Therefore nothing, except the possibility of hard sciences, may produce a mutually agreeable understanding. Even then, there is nothing sure about that.

Contributing to this complexity is the cycle of life. Much of what has been written, created, and experienced changes over time. This may result in a confrontation over the meaning of prior written words and documents from the bible to the constitution. And, on it goes, a cycle of life . . . information, knowledge, and wisdom through experience. Artifacts and records of past, present, and future endeavors in the arts, sciences . . . and history, are reference points for experiences that need to be understood and protected.

Many schools and organizations provide student and teacher resources including counseling, course syllabi, lesson plans, video presentations, and textbooks. The range of offerings extends from K12 through the Graduate level. Page banners and links lead to publicly offered subjects and research references in support of independent learning and do not indicate approval, accuracy, or endorsement of the contents.

IntelRag provides the ability to compare and evaluate differences between online open learning and traditional on-campus academic programs. Changes in technology enhance learning and sharing ideas and complete concepts between professionals and practitioners in an open environment.

Roadmap: Lifelong learning is pursued to qualify for initial job entry, advancement, career changes, and self-interests. Developments in digital technology from portable devices to desktop systems support individual learners and interactive groups allowing them to learn when and where it is convenient.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is used as a frequent reference because of the wide range of public online open learning resources provided by MIT.

Note: Images, photos, and videos are from Dreamstime.com, Bing.com, and YouTube.com. Twitter streams and images are provided by the Twitter search function. All schools and organizations are linked-to own and are responsible for the content of their material. This site does not host third-party resources.

External Links: The footer at the bottom of the page contains links to external resources used during current and past research activities. They are an excellent starting point for reference data to support research activities.

Primary social media (program platforms and applications) utilized are:

WordPress Review

Easily the most accessible and possibly the most commonly used content management system (CMS).

The strength of WordPress is in its quick installation and the massive user and developer community.

This versatility results in a vast array of plugins and enhancements for the platform.

Therefore, WordPress is the underlying “program” which additional social media “applications” will become an integral part of. (2015 Gartner CMS Report) Also review: WordPress Com and WordPress Org

Twitter Review:

Twitter has become a social networking resource for getting real-time news and connecting with high-profile individuals and celebrities.

Twitter is used extensively throughout, providing scrolling streams of tweets via the application search function. Twitter has changed dramatically over the years, becoming a top source for real-time news sharing. (about tech)

For a micro-blogging site with a text limit, Twitter has made its mark online. It’s an ideal platform for mobile users, and it is easy to share multimedia content in tweets.

Also review: Twitter.Com

Twitter is a remarkable service, as it provides open access to all writers, amateur and professional alike, and provides a forum for advertising and promotion on a minimal budget. As users become experienced in using the service, they should become more proficient and exacting, as a matter of pride.

Editor: E.D. Wendt, PhD


Always a work in progress.