Ok, after a little nap and some amazing macha refreshing me, I have returned to life, though I do not plan on cooking or baking anything until I am sure the curse has worn off. The syllabus quiz was too easy for all the stress I assigned it (I hate timed assessments), and I have looked at many examples of Synectics. I am taking it slow, I will get to the personal learning theory papers next after I am done looking at all the synectics examples. I am grateful that they are all posted for our benefit in the course materials section. It would be helpful to know which ones were the best- if there was a rating system so we know which are the absolute BEST examples.
After looking at a few websites that showed "best practices" I came to the conclusion that it is easy to slap a "best practices" label on anything. As we have peer-reviewed articles available to us through the library or other internet sources- it would be helpful to have peer-reviewed websites for all teachers to access for any best practices claim. I know there was some talk about an alternate internet of only peer reviewed "stuff" Forgot what it was called. Waiting for it... we all know what works BEST for us or for our students, to have websites rated not by number of hits but by scholarship and experience would be amazing (Plus just think of all the jobs that would be created this way).