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  1. Oct 2016
    1. Holistic landscapes for holistic learning

      I'm still confused on what holistic learning is and would like to go over this further in class. Holistic is defined as, "characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole." http://www.dictionary.com/browse/holistic

    2. Traditional campus indoor spaces, by necessity and function, provide ample opportunities for structured learning experiences that draw upon students’ direct attention. However, a student’s learning experience is not often balanced by unstructured or structured opportunities for drawing forth effortless, indirect attention that occur in human-nature interactions (Valles-Planells, et. al, 2014).

      I feel like this is the over arching idea of the essay, that you need a balance of indoor and outdoor space in order to have a healthy educational experience.

    3. Interaction with nature, in particular, can help to maintain or restore cognitive function such as direct attention, problem solving, focus and concentration, impulse inhibition, and memory, which can become depleted from fatigue or with overuse

      I think AU's campus does a great job of incorporating nature within our community. Even though we're in a city, there are still so many different types of plants.

    4. increased technology use within today’s multitasking society is likely to hijack a student’s attentional resource placing her/him at risk of underachieving academic learning goals and undermining success at a university

      This is very interesting because as the years go on there's definitely an increase of technology use in our primary, secondary, and collegiate school systems.

  2. Sep 2016
    1. Communities also rely on other confusion techniques to keep people out, or to make it hard for them to find their way around an area.

      I didn't even realize that the people who design communities purposefully make certain areas confusing in order to keep outsiders from coming in.

    2. that behavior may be regu-lated or constrained, in part, by “architecture.”

      Prior to reading this I didn't even think that architecture could affect the way I act or had any affect on my life at all.

    3. he U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to this action, stating that the road closure was just a “routine burden of citizenship” and a “slight inconvenience.

      If the supreme court doesn't challenge racism then how is our country supposed to evolve and become more inclusive?