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Blog 8: Good Design principles

There are a couple of principles that are essential to creating a dynamic and efficient online community. The first principle would be simplicity, of the layout, and the user process. The normal human is lazy, and would rather do the least work for the most outcome. When searching & reading online users want to make the least effort to find interesting information, therefore providing a platform that is easily usable increases the interactions of knowledge between people online. 

The next principle would be a strict but open privacy policy. The barriers created by such policies can easily inhibit the flow of important information. There is a category of information that endangers the security of the system, such as bank account details. On the other hand, contact information, interests, and connections fall under a category of information that can allow faster information flow. 

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Blog 7: Using online communities for design challenges

Depending on the initial product, and design situation I would choose accordingly. Online communities are a great way to help us innovate, as it pools resources together on a interactive platform. I would never make use of online communities for the first parts of the design process. In order to effectively use online communities, a certain amount of knowledge has to be created about a design, to efficiently communicate it to other individuals over the internet. Online Communities help us innovate, but don’t do it for us. In order to use these communities to innovate we have to create a sort of case study in which other individuals can give constructive feedback, post new ideas, and discuss the design problems. If the parameters given are not sufficient, the possibility that the knowledge communicated diverges from the original topic are great, reducing the effectiveness of the online communities. 

Of course besides the design challenge, it might be difficult to find financing, or support for a product. Online micro-financing sites like Kick-starter allow us to finance the design and production of our products without having to make high interest loans to banks, or businesses. Sites like Microfinancing.com give the possibility to fund projects for NGO’s, or help people in need. There are various types of online financing that can allow you to continue designing your product. 

When an online community pools the interest of enough individuals it reduces production and design costs allowing for sustainable human development without mass debt. These communities allow for individuals to contribute to the community without a hierarchical leader, showing how dynamic we can be as humans. We should start using online communities more, to overcome design challenges, but also to improve the human condition.

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The future is in our hands

This is the eight weeks, this is the project last a week. We had too much, from the beginning of trouble to the present final sprint. But you need to ask What are your design principles for designing. I think they are divided into two aspects.

1 the market demand direction

Why say market, as a designer, design direction is different, such as popular on the market a product, but it is not the role of consumer acceptance, we are exclusively for its design a better, more convenient products. In our team in order to help NGO to reach their objectives, application of the strong function of online community, for they design products to help them. So online community work way became my main idea and method.

2 innovative design concept

This is a class in the beginning, the tutor will require us to find different online platform, to find their advantage, I think this is very correct. If we use Facebook, might not get we expected effect, so Basecamp appeared, combining the advantages of the two platform we finished the request, but this is not enough, Facecamp, this only belong to our team his new platform.

Each person every day in innovation, every day something new appears, but I believe that no matter how the world changes, the future is in our own hands.

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Face to challenge

If there are design challenges, I will not choose to consulting online community. I prefer to find a friend or teacher discussion.
Because I feel to go to online community post to consulting others problem is not accurate and satisfactory answer. General in the online community message, they are most of student or visitors, they can only providing personal opinions or ideas. But we went to ask teacher or go to the library to find relevant books, they can provide us is professional, accurate information. Because the book is millions of people to the crystallization of discussion and research. On the other hand, I don’t reject to online consulting the answer, after all, this is a the fastest, the most convenient way to get informations what you need. We can on share each other thoughts and then to do more innovation and exploration, it sounds will be very interesting. The best example is my group, I be proud of them, because we can quickly discuss a method to deal with difficulties. So I accept the challenge,because it;s  not only a problem but also motivate for us..

Finally, I want to say on this one more months of study, I face too right challenges and difficulties. As a designer of the road, I think it will face more challenges, but no matter so, I will make my choice

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Blog Post #6: team involvement

Having no internet connection, and not being able to always attend, has made it hard to contribute in full to my team. However I have tried to be there on Wednesday afternoon’s to discuss our work, what had to be done, and somewhat of a reflection on how we did. I think that our team has tried to divide work fairly, allowing everyone to contribute, creating good dynamics. Maybe sometimes there is some uncertainty in what task have to be accomplished, and when, but by the end the work is completed. I think there is a lack of a central variable which keeps the team focused at all times. I think that after finalizing this project when all members have seen how each individual contributed, there will be a stronger coherence within the team. (Given that the final project goes well). I think that these blog posts are like a journal that can help us track our learning. Then reading peer blogs, allows us to compare learning curves, helping us understand our process. Team reflections are another good way to monitor our learning, but also create team learning. Although we help each other to learn, and learn together, some information has to be learnt as a group, for example what tool choice is best, or what process is most efficient for certain tasks. Therefore I think that as a team there is still a lot more to learn.

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Blog Post #5: Learning Environment

I have always been best at learning from a person directly, preferably with a discussion. Going to International Schools for me always meant small class sizes, and so was my desired environment for learning. Going to University last years was quite a change in my learning habits. Although I tried learning from the professor in the lecture, or the tutor in the workshop with 40 other people, I knew that in order to pass I had to hit the books. That, along with living alone for the first time, made my learning experience rather frustrating, making it hard to continue. I hope that the focus on team work, projects, and assignments, along with the ability to talk to teachers that remember your name, will help my learning environment. I think that it is important for me to understand basic materials, and follow assignments, so that the time spent with teachers can be used productively by learning about more than syllabus material. Problems that we face while working, studying, or finishing projects can best be solved by students going through similar issues. Having come late has made it a bit harder to integrate into the environment. I hope to give my contributions, opinions, and ideas, about the learning process we are going through, just as other students, in order to collectively learn.   

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Blog Post #4: Personal tool preferences

My personal preferences systematically drive my tool choice as it makes it easier for me to accomplish tasks with tools that suit my process. Within a group, the diversity of tool preferences makes the dynamics more complicated. A compromise will always have to be made within the group on certain basic tools for communication, and data sharing in order to sustain a basic team structure. Individual tasks should be done by preferences, so that team members can provide their best work to the group. Tools used in a process where individuals work together on a final product or service should be compatible to allow a easy work flow between individuals, like avoiding format conversion. These dynamics have to be worked out in the beginning through a discussion, led by an impartial member. After a trial and error process of using different tools within the team, members learn, and collectively converge on a set of tools that completes the structure of the team. With time we always learn, which means that we change, and so do our preferences, allowing us to adapt in a dynamic environment. Changing the perspective allows us to see why certain tools are better than others. As a tech steward it is important to keep the tools used, correlated to the preferences of the members, in order to drive efficient team work.

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Blog Post #3: Group Dynamics

I came into the group at the end of week 2, which at first made it harder to follow everything that was going on. I appreciate that we have an Facebook group, and use it for most our communications. Having come late, I do not have reliable access to the internet yet, making following what’s going on harder. The time I got to meet my team mates has made it easier to interact with them online, and to understand what they want.
The need for Facebook as a communicative tool to our group creates a situation where we use it for private and study purposes, sometimes allowing us to distract ourselves, by not really feeling like we are in a working environment. We have to try and create a mental separation between these uses in order to keep working time efficient.
Although the internet facilitates group communication a lot, the amount of feedback received on posts, and assignments lacks the same intensity as in a normal group. By this I mean, for the team leader it is easy to assign tasks over Facebook, and for members to complete the work, but there are not the same working dynamics of a team, making the work more individual then collective.
I hope that with a reliable internet connection it will be easier to follow, and communicate the step by step issues of the processes we are all completing. This perhaps shows how essential it has become to be connected.

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What have we learned so far?championship or team.confusing…..

i just open projectcommuniy page.it can’t open tonight . 


This the sixth week, review the first day of to now, learning and life have undergone significant changes.


At first, the cent group role I am teamworker. I am not very clear for the role definition ,but I for the definition of team had a deeper understandingin group communication,when we learning together . And from this course also let me to experience a lot of new things, new platform, new ways of working.


On the other hand, in our six weeks of group work in the process, we  have a lots of change, for  personally, change is bigger. In this class, the first day I know if online operation way to accomplish our project, although I their prepared enough, communication in our team, I’d rather shy, a little afraid of communicate with others. It depends on my personal character question, I’m trying to adjust. But I learned a lot of interesting way of communication, such as Facbook, Basecamp. The platform is the first time I involved, this let me understand that there are a lot of different ways to do your works. Last week, we have to try new platform, Google hand out. It was very interesting.


Finally, As a member of the team, I feel that I still do not good enough, I have a very good team. When they are in front of the whole class lectures, get the teacher’s praise, discuss, share each other’s ideas, from them I learned many useful things. Two weeks ago, because the competition’s sake, I need work with my online team to do a lot of training and tactical discussion, although I in Sheffield the championship, get a lot of bonus. But I missed a lot of the meeting,of my group, for the champions and the team, I think I do wrong, i want to  apologize,to them. a champion just personal honor, but learning is my at present the most important thing. So next, I hope I can make a commitment to my group and  finish the project.together.

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What have we learned so far?championship or team.confusing…..

i just open projectcommuniy page.it can’t open tonight . 


This the sixth week, review the first day of to now, learning and life have undergone significant changes.


At first, the cent group role I am teamworker. I am not very clear for the role definition ,but I for the definition of team had a deeper understandingin group communication,when we learning together . And from this course also let me to experience a lot of new things, new platform, new ways of working.


On the other hand, in our six weeks of group work in the process, we  have a lots of change, for  personally, change is bigger. In this class, the first day I know if online operation way to accomplish our project, although I their prepared enough, communication in our team, I’d rather shy, a little afraid of communicate with others. It depends on my personal character question, I’m trying to adjust. But I learned a lot of interesting way of communication, such as Facbook, Basecamp. The platform is the first time I involved, this let me understand that there are a lot of different ways to do your works. Last week, we have to try new platform, Google hand out. It was very interesting.


Finally, As a member of the team, I feel that I still do not good enough, I have a very good team. When they are in front of the whole class lectures, get the teacher’s praise, discuss, share each other’s ideas, from them I learned many useful things. Two weeks ago, because the competition’s sake, I need work with my online team to do a lot of training and tactical discussion, although I in Sheffield the championship, get a lot of bonus. But I missed a lot of the meeting,of my group, for the champions and the team, I think I do wrong, i want to  apologize,to them. a champion just personal honor, but learning is my at present the most important thing. So next, I hope I can make a commitment to my group and  finish the project.together.

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