Fig.1. Ownership of learning, Web 2.0 and the Open University Masters in Open and Distance Education – Module H800. Technology Enhanced Learning: practices and debates.
My Mindmap gone mental. But it is my mind. And my mess!
The important thing is to get it off your head and out of your fingertips – one way or a multitude of other ways: doodle, talk about, blog it, message it, make a poster, collect links on it, or images on it … read books and papers on it and aggregate these. But do something that gets it out from between your ears. A coffee will do. Dinner is best.
This is like building a compost heap, you chuck everything in.
Like composting you should then give the stuff time to decompose, then extract the goodness you want – an essay plan or bullet pointed treatment at most, ordered and ranked. Otherwise the undigested mess continues.