Think-Know Tools


A six week course using asynchronous forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, social bookmarks, concept maps, Personal Brain,  and synchronous audio, video, chat, and Twitter


Cost for individuals is 300 dollars US or 500 dollars if employer reimburses -- via Paypal. Class cohort limited to 30 learners. If you are interested in signing up, contact

About this Course

Think-know Tools dives into both the theoretical-historical background of intellect augmentation and the practical skills of personal knowledge management. Now that we have access to powerful mind-amplifying devices and self-evolving collective intelligence networks, we can benefit ourselves and improve the commons by learning how knowledge technologies work and how to work them.

  • Modules on Roots & Visions of Augmentation and The Extended Mind establish a basis for understanding and discussing both the origin and future of tools specifically devised to magnify thinking capabilities and group problem-solving capacity.


  • Modules on Social Bookmarking, Concept Mapping, and Personal Knowledge Management introduce tools and practices for finding, storing, refining, sharing, exploring knowledge.


  • Learning activities include group bookmarking as focused collective intelligence, concept map-making for understanding systems, construction of knowledge-plexes with Personal Brain.

As with other Rheingold U. courses, Think-Know Tools involves 6 weeks of


  • weekly live audio-video-chat sessions and asysnchronous forums for conversation,


  • wikis for collective knowledge construction,


  • mindmaps and concept maps for lateral thinking, systemic thinking, and knowledge organizing, and


  • blogs for reflection and exercising metacognition

Graduates of Introduction to Mind-Amplifiers can treat Think-Know Tools as an extension of what we covered before. Those who are new to Rheingold U courses will experience the self-construction of a co-learning community and an intensive introduction to viewpoints, mindsets, and digital tools that can transform your approach to learning, knowledge, and online discourse. Learning missions involve  activities that reinforce practical use of think-know tools such as Diigo and Delicious, cMap and VUE, and Personal Brain. The final week of live and asynchronous sessions are organized by the co-learners -- exercising the metaskill of co-learning in an ad-hoc online learning community.


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