I’m guilty. This is a cliche I use, often to refer to a first draft of a report or a presentation where I’m still figuring out what should be included and what should be omitted. The image to the right is my first draft for a presentation I’m working on about digital literacy.

My “braindump” for a presentation on Digital Literacy

It turns out this is not the meaning most IT people understand from “braindump“, where it has come to mean the mass of information needed to pass an exam – particularly a certification exam – produced by examinees who memorise the questions or record them and then “dump” that information onto a website for the next crop of examinees to use.

It’s considered bad practice by the examiners obviously, as it makes it difficult to assess the real knowledge of examinees. Long term it devalues the certification.

What do you understand by the term?

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