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The Design Challenge.

Yes, I would definitely get involved in the online communities we’ve been researching and my choice will be heavily dependent on the design challenge I’ve been given. Our team has been looking into Facebook and Kickstarter. Kickstarter would be amazing for the fund raising part. It’s very easy and simple. Facebook has a much wider community, so it would be easier for people to share my idea to their friends. By doing so, my design project will get some free publicity and I can get a small community talking about it. Sometimes it’s hard to get in touch with the desired market through Facebook.

I could use one of these two websites mentioned above but I would also think of researching into a more specific website for the design I want to do. I will need to define the targeted community and do my research accordingly. Which forums/imageboards/blogs are they using? I’ll have to get familiar with their networks and come up with a way to appeal to them.

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Learning


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I think my team has been doing pretty well thus far. At first, we had a lot of insecurities regarding the assignments because we were unsure of what was being asked of us. We felt that the instructions weren’t clear but after a week or two, we managed to figure it out and since then everyone has been doing their share of work. I feel that I’ve been pretty active within the group and whenever I don’t understand something, my teammates always explain it to me.

 

When I first heard that we’ll have a lecturer through skype every week, I thought it was very interesting because I’ve never experienced such a thing before. I couldn’t wait to see the outcome of it. I was somewhat a bit disappointed because Lecturing through skype isn’t as good as I thought. I have difficulties concentrating because there are many distractions. I believe lectures should be done the ‘old fashioned’ way. During a skype lecture, there are also many problems and can emrerge. And they have. I’ve had difficulties with the ecco, issues with the speakers, bad audio and we have had some connection problems as well. All these are major distractions which we wouldn’t have in a normal lecture.

 

However, I do like the personal blog posts because it helps me understand what we’ve been doing. I can also read what others do and what they have to say which results in an exchange of opinions in the comments section.

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Facilitation

 

      Before I started university I had an idea in mind of what the tutors would be like. My parents always told me that they’re very different than school and high school teachers. You have a closer relationship with these teachers  whereas in the university, tutors won’t even know your name, they won’t care if you have an attendance in the course and basically I had the idea that they will only care about the assignments being handed in on time. However, when I got into university I realised that the tutors weren’t as cold-hearted as everyone was saying. Of course this is very dependant on the country you’re studying. I’ve studied in the UK and I can say that the lecturers here are more willing to help students who face some difficulties. I understand however that these lecturers can’t play the role of your parents and look after you all the time. You have to grow up and you’ll learn through them that if you want to achieve something you’ll have to work hard for it.


       As the weeks go by it become easier to communicate with your coursemates as you become more familiar with them. I like the fact that we’re all within a small age range as it makes the generation gap very small and it’s very easily to find common interests. I’ve noticed that everyone shares information about their home countries and how it has influenced their every day behaviour and I find it interesting because I’m eager to learn about other cultures.


       I’ve been very satisfied with the ammount of communication between me, my coursemates and my tutors and I hope that it will last for the whole 3 years of this course. I’m always voicing my opinion on the different matters and I’ve noticed that so does everyone else. This is very good as I like the debate between different opinions and ideas; you have the chance to make an impact on the people around you and you could learn something as well.

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Experiencing different platforms and opinions.


      I’ve grown accustomed to using specific tools, I’ve been influenced by many factors including educations, family and friends. As you grow up and get involved into many different activities, you find yourself using a variety of platforms and grow accustomed to them. When I’ve learned how to use a certain platform and begin to really like it, I then find it hard to switch to a different one because I need to spend a lot of time figuring out how to use it. This can be frustrating and time consuming and it’s the reason why I’m not too keen on experimenting and understanding  new platforms unless I’m required to, by my education or by another serious factor.

      If everyone else in my group had different preferences, then it is entirely fine. Everyone is accustomed to his own preferences. I’m willing to make an effort to find a common ground on which we can communicate even if it means that I’d have to venture into new platforms. I’ll give an example to make this more specific. Say I’ve been accustomed to using Facebook for organizing my group assignments. If my team mates have a different preference, I’m willing to try out their idea and see which one works best. As self-help author Wayne Dyer said: ‘The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about’. I am willing to experiment with new platforms if it’s something that could help our group when it comes to communicating with each other and organising our work.

      Looking at others’ preferences and perspectives DOES change my point of view towards certain technologies. I used to use a website called Skyblog for two years until I switched to Facebook on 2008. This was caused because I was intrigued to know the reason my classmates were slowly moving on to using Facebook. I didn’t know what Facebook was about at that time. For me, all these social networking websites were all the same, just different layout. However, once I started using Facebook, I understood that it wasn’t the same experience. It didn’t even have the same aim as my blog. In the end I found it more appealing and I haven’t updated my Skyblog since. This change of platform was caused by a couple of friends and my brother who kept talking to me about Facebook and sending me email invites so I could join them in that new platform. Since then, I haven’t been using any other social networking platform such as Twitter though. I’ve tried it and I couldn’t grasp the concept of it. I couldn’t understand the tools and how the tweets worked. That’s why went back to using Facebook. I wouldn’t mind experimenting with new platforms but I know that there’s a very high chance I’ll always go back to Facebook because it covers all my needs. I can do pretty much the same thing on Twitter as I can on Facebook, so, why should I be using both? I just stick with one platform as it’s easier to keep up with.

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Thoughts on Team Work.

 

      The first few weeks have been very confusing for our group since we were only four people and we couldn’t understand well what was asked of us because we thought the assignments were not clear. Each one of us took the Belbin test and we divided roles according to it. I think this helped us but the roles are likely to change as we go on since I think the Belbin questionnaire isn’t a very accurate way of finding what you’re best at doing within a group. Each one of us will take on the role he is most comfortable with and by doing so we’ll be able to maximize our group’s performance.

      What I found most challenging during the first weeks was to understand our assignments and to grasp what was asked of us. I think we’re on the good track now and we’ve gained two more group members in the meantime which makes tasks easier. What’s always stressful when you’re in a group is to get everything done within deadlines because the whole group relies on your input; so, if you don’t contribute, the whole group takes a big blow. This isn’t pleasant for anyone. But I also think that this is the key motivator within the group. The pressure that you have to do your part in order for everyone to succeed motivates me not to let everyone down. And I don’t want to be the reason the group failsthe assignment. I don’t want to let people down and as a result, I always try harder than when I have an assignment to do on my own.

      I have a lot of experience when it comes to working in groups and I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’m also aware that sometimes you are required, whether you like it or not, to go that extra mile in favour of the group in order to fill a possible lack of work and I’m ready to do that.

      Overall I like working in teams as the load of work is divided and therefore there’s less pressure upon you. On the other hand, sometimes you realise you aren’t able to rely on a person to do his work and you’ll have to go that extra mile to cover the loss.

      It has it upsides and downsides but I think that group work gives you a good idea of what to expect from life since you’re going to be facing similar situations when you start working within a company or as a freelancer.

 

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A personal research experiment.

      Social networking has been a big part of my life of almost 7 years now. I remember creating a blog and updating it with my thoughts and random images I found to be nice. I then joined facebook in 2008 which followed the same idea as the blog I had but focused more on interracting with your friends and it made keeping in touch much simpler than before. Once you start using it it’s hard to get yourself to stop. I realise that whenever I’m cut off of the internet and can’t access these platforms, I feel as though I’m cut off the entire world and don’t have any information on anyone or anything. I am a member of many bounded groups and I think that the idea of online groups is brilliant. It makes communication between people much easier when you see everyone’s opinion in front of you and can easily read through pages of ideas and different points of view. Being able to openly voice your opinion through a wide variety of media such as videos, pictures and text makes communication more interactive and comprehensible for others. The positive aspect of the social networks such as twitter and facebook is that they have a massive ammount of people which you can interact with but I’m afraid the biggest downside of that is that quality information is easily lost or overshadowed by irrelevant posts. This leads to the need to look into smaller, yet specialised communities if you want to find what you’re looking for efficiently. As a primary source of information I use forums, youtube and facebook and I’m overall satisfied with the quality and it’s what I’ll be using for for a very long time.

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A personal research experiment.

      Social networking has been a big part of my life of almost 7 years now. I remember creating a blog and updating it with my thoughts and random images I found to be nice. I then joined facebook in 2008 which followed the same idea as the blog I had but focused more on interracting with your friends and it made keeping in touch much simpler than before. Once you start using it it’s hard to get yourself to stop. I realise that whenever I’m cut off of the internet and can’t access these platforms, I feel as though I’m cut off the entire world and don’t have any information on anyone or anything. I am a member of many bounded groups and I think that the idea of online groups is brilliant. It makes communication between people much easier when you see everyone’s opinion in front of you and can easily read through pages of ideas and different points of view. Being able to openly voice your opinion through a wide variety of media such as videos, pictures and text makes communication more interactive and comprehensible for others. The positive aspect of the social networks such as twitter and facebook is that they have a massive ammount of people which you can interact with but I’m afraid the biggest downside of that is that quality information is easily lost or overshadowed by irrelevant posts. This leads to the need to look into smaller, yet specialised communities if you want to find what you’re looking for efficiently. As a primary source of information I use forums, youtube and facebook and I’m overall satisfied with the quality and it’s what I’ll be using for for a very long time.

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What do you/we need and want to learn as you/we explore the application of online communities and networks to open innovation design?

The role of online communities are vital when it comes to innovating current designs and ideas. There are many ways for feedback to be left and it’s easy to understand the issues. An easy and fast way to get feedback on an idea is polls which can easily be organised online which provide a clear idea of what people expect from certain situations and what they like/dislike about the current ones. Forums are also another great way where people gather to discuss on a very specific topic. By looking at this kind of information, innovators have a clear and detailed idea of the issues and it becomes easier to focus on solving the problem.

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