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Week 7 : Challenge would be accepted !

If I had a design challenge, of course I would join and participate in one of the types of online communities we’ve been researching. Why?

First of all I should say, that I would really love to join the real work team group, who are going to help the world….

Because it’s a really great opportunity to see and know the world better, go to places where I had never been,  see it’s problems from different perspectives  and find the solutions, work on them, have my own group, the real work team who has one goal, for me it sounds amazing.

My group is called “Work Teams” and I would really love to try all things we had already discovered, try to work in a way we suggested, try the platforms that we put in the 1st place and just do everything what we already considered as the best way for the project to success.  I would like to see how this would work. For example the problem we thought of as a work team is “Improving water quality in Kenya”.  It’s amazing when I hear about the people who are helping in there, with an aim and honest wish to help others. I would be there, because in this way I would also gain a lot of knowledge about the certain things, I would improve myself and my work a lot, I would meet a lot of different people , ( Local people and the people I’m working with) learn a lot from them and of course teach them about what I know, well at least what they should or have to know.

These are probably the main reasons why I would accept this challenge !

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Week 7 – Design Challenge!

If I had a design challenge, I would love to join and participate in one of the types of online communities we’ve been researching in Project Community class.

Firstly, by experiencing different projects in this challenge, we surely will enrich our knowledge and competences in design. For example, improving water quality in Africa. By participating in this online community, we may learn more about how designing different machines to reduce the turbidity of the water such as water filters. I think that this process would guide designers to experience the variety of the design field.

Secondly, the discovery of new people is one of the advantages of joining this online community. Thanks to this discovery, we could extend our networks and also understand some new cultures. I think that network is one of the most important aspects for designers nowadays. Consequently, participating in this online community would be a great step for the future designers.

Finally, this challenge will also help us improving our skills to face the problems, deciding which platforms will be used to handle this problem. My group has been working on ‘Work Team’ in this Project Community class, so maybe in this design challenge, I would like to experience the other department as well such as ‘Idea Networks’ or ‘Marketing Product’. Thanks to this, we gain more skills that will be useful in our future project. For example, by participating in ‘Idea Networking’ we would (maybe) discover some other platforms, let’s say, for generating ideas or finding design inspirations, etc… and this process is a great tool to enrich our experience in working by learning how to find a solution through platforms. :)

Enjoy your weekend, Bloggers! :D

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Week 6 – Monitoring and Evaluation, here we go.

Me.

This is the 6th week and I have to say that the confusion is less and less present compared to the first week, things to do and to research become more specific (for example: research is now focused on only 2 platforms). Personally, the discovery of tools used in Project Community class is one of the best internet learnings I’ve got so far, such as Google Hangout and Basecamp. These tools will surely be useful for my future project. For the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to learning more about Prezi since that’s one of the main tools used for my group’s final multimedia presentation.

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How about the group?

I think that my group improved a lot since the first week. At first, things were so confusing, we didn’t know each other very well: working in a group with people we don’t know isn’t an easy thing. But as time goes on, we learn more and more about each other, conversation is getting easier between us, and therefore the group organization becomes more natural for us.We also have faced some problems together, we completed each other’s lack to finally come up with better result in the end. And I hope that for the remaining weeks, we could use our time wisely in order to be able to create the final presentation that we all wished.

And the class…

Thanks to the Cultural Differences class for example, the students know more and more about each other, we discover other stories, other cultures.. I think this process is essential in this course, to facilitate learnings not only for students, but also for the instructors.

Talking about the link between my group with other group in the class… we decided to collaborate with group 6. Want to know more about this collaboration? Just wait for the result! :p

Happy Holiday, bloggers!

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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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What have we learned so far? So far we,as a group, improved a lot. An opportunity to work on the…

What have we learned so far?

So far we,as a group, improved a lot. An opportunity to work on the Internet made this improvement in some ways easier and positive experience in others more frustrating. Starting from stepping over the culture difference barrier (who might have thought that even the Internet language differs between the cultures and a particular smiley can be interpreted not the way that you expected it to be understood. F.e. “;P” in Indonesia represents a little wicked added to the friendly smile, but I used to use it as sticking out the tongue - an expression of teasing.),getting to know each other better and accept, collaborate productively( dividing into roles, organising tasks and keep updating each other with gained knowledge) and ending with moral support.

Al the team improvement reflects on my own improvement. Or other way round.

Talking about the class concern …I think the class confronts not the problem to work on Internet but relying on the technical side. I mean during the e-meetings with Nancy the connection might be low and that might cause the cracking of the video/audio. You might not here some meaningful thoughts and that might lead into misunderstanding or confusion. Lost sound, echoes, unmute sound, mute sound, too load sound, inability to see someone( naturally the group/person spend/s time  trying to turn on the video miss/misses the track of conversation) inability to join hangout … all these distractions might cause the loss of concentration.

But anyway everything is being learned through experience and gained knowledge. And we all are on that track.


J.

 

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What was learned/experienced? What should we work on?

What was learned/experienced? What should we work on?

At the start of this project while discussing roles, I volunteered to become the project leader as no one had volunteered for its challenge. Personally, I didn’t mind since we needed to move on. From then, I tried my best to contribute to my team in ways like organizing and structuring our research, making it easier to understand, dividing tasks, motivate others, explain and update others and engage discussions.

I have learned a lot from this course. As an individual, I learned how to deliver a presentation in front of my group or groups of people, work together, and assign roles, basically learned about responsibilities and aspects of leadership. Especially a role like this contributes a lot to learning I find, since you develop your communication skills so much amongst each other. Besides all these, I also became aware of the disadvantages of this role; leader. It is a risk to take this role, since you could be easily disliked. I’m glad I didn’t face situations like this…I hope! Leadership requires so much responsibility and hard work, where in some cases you even have to sacrifice some of your personal time as your group relies on you. It is a brilliant learning experience for sure, and I think everyone should have a go at this role to develop. 

As a team, we learned how to collaborate in an effective way where each one of us was able to show their skills at the end; some in design, some content wise, where as the other structure. So, as a team we learned about each other’s strengths and weaknesses which could help all of us in the future (3 years together!), as we would know who to approach to assist in particulars. Other than developing skills, ‘communication wise’ we also experienced/worked with Basecamp (also a great advantage).

As a whole class, we have generally gained knowledge about networks and tools. We have learned about the NGO’s and their problems. We learned about the advantages and disadvantages of Internet facilitations. We learned about different platforms and the tools they provide. We also learned about weaknesses of such platforms, and analyzed/thought about improvements and solutions for such problems. The meetings with Nancy provided us a learning experience where we could visualize the problems and experience. In addition, our class also became closer with each other due to the blog reflections. Blog reflections contributed on evaluating ourselves and others, which I consider plays a big role in the learning process.

Coming towards the end of this course, I can conclude that this course provided the main branch to open innovators, which is NETWORKS. As an open innovator, it is essential for you to understand how networks work (including their limitations) for the future. At the beginning, the purpose of this class was not so clear but as you experience this course, you understand. Furthermore, I would also like to point out that as a class, I feel that we should work on self-esteem and confidence, which usually is the problem with many students.

For example, my group is fantastic when it comes to sharing opinions, ideas and discussing, but when it came to presenting many-lacked confidence (this is slowly changing). Eventually it was the leader presenting which I didn’t mind. But forgetting about the roles, as an individual student or friend I would want to motivate and encourage others to become confident and be able to perform since they need presenting skills for the future. So to help with that, I’m in!

PS: Remember the lecture about cultural differences, ‘Fake it until you make it!’?!

What else should we work on? Any suggestions?
 

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New dimension, new rules, new problems to solve.

Monitoring - that is actually a good keyword! Since Project Communities not only contains research on online platforms but actually is taking place on the net I sometimes feel sucked into the monitor screen, into a new dimension.

Our communication, our work and finally our learning happens on the platforms. And by doing this we get to know how to use platforms effectively.

A real challenge for us is now to assign this to a example project of a NGO. While the focus is getting more and more abstract, the technical issues don’t take a break. Therefore I myself experienced the last classes as a real challenge but I observed that under this pressure all of the team members acted different. It leads in particular to problems of single group members at different points in time and different circumstances. While one would eventually give up without the group, the group members complement each other so that (by now) every problem could be solved. I found out that to strengthen this process of team-working it is very important to utter every problem but also contribute help and managing if you aren’t sure about if it is helpful.

Another point I believe in is that the team-roles should be at least a bit flexible so that a occurrence of a strong focus and reliance on a few members is avoided. Since it is group work everybody should be on the same level. The same amount of power but also the same amount of work and participation.

The group work isn’t always easy to handle and in regard to the subjects I approached on in this post I beside the work on the assignments try to balance the group and want to take more responsibility on topics I’m familiar with, like preparation and layout of our presentation.

What do you think about my findings? I would really appreciate to get feedback from my group members! 

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Week 6: Evaluating our learnings…

First of all, I think, that every person in this course, who had attended lectures and wanted to learn something has to say at least some things about their own leanings so far. I mean in these 6 weeks we already did a lot of researches, we met new people, we worked in groups and did individual assignments. That means a lot.

Me

Talking about me I can say, that as I look back I see myself scared, unprepared and confused. By saying back I mean the beginning of this course, when I didn’t know what’s going to be here, what we are going to do and etc. Now I see myself more prepared, less scared, less confused and more communicative. I experienced working in groups and I learned a lot about and from that, for example I could say, that I’m more responsible right now and that’s probably because I don’t want to let down my group members, because I know how important is to do things right and to do them on time. I understood how important is working together as a team, even if you have an individual assignment you can always ask your friends, collaborate. Another thing is, that I see myself talking more, expressing myself loudly. In the beginning I felt comfortable just when I was talking with a few people ( I mean in English, since this language is not my native tongue) and now I can see how the amount of people is growing. I just feel more comfortable and I see how I am improving my English and knowledge. All these researches about certain things really helped and were interesting, I mean I explored a lot of new platforms and I found out some things about platforms I used for a while. I did the whole research about NGO’s and found it really important and interesting ( this was one of mine assignments in the group) and I enjoyed it. It’s just such a good feeling to see how I am improving my knowledge, myself.

My Group

My team is doing fine. All together we experienced a lot of things, learned how to be nice but at the same time strict to each other. We became friends, well at least I think so. There are some days when all group and even other groups are confused and it looks that they/ we lost the right track, but then we sit all together, discuss things, ask for help from our instructor and just moving on. This week we decided to collaborate with the other group, we presented what we have done so far and now I’m really curious how this will go. We did a lot already, found a lot of information, did many researches and now our purpose is to end this project right, so we started to make our final presentation. I just wish the best luck for us !

All of us…

As for the whole class learning I’m not sure how every of them are doing individually or as a group, but I can say, that from my perspective, as I look around I see a lot of people who are trying to do their best. I see that most of my fellow students wants to move on, they are curious about things, asking questions, discussing things, collaborating with other groups, sharing ideas. So good luck to all of them as well!!

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What is facilitation ?

The first question adressed to myself after I heard this weeks topic was :

 What is that facilitation ?

 

The definition of the word fa·cil·i·ta·tion might be :

 

a. The act of making easy or easier.( Help ,Aid )

 

or

 

b. The state of being made easy or easier.(Condition, Status )

 

So recording to the section “a” it would be about the help that you give to somenone else and the section “b” might be interpreted as ,because of  the help that you get from others , you might to appear in a state where something was made easier for you.

So it’s all about collaboration and willingnesss to help.

 

At first what’s essential in productive collaboration is listening and hearing.

 In that case the meaningful role might go to online communication, cause everyones’ thoughts might be “heard”, which not always happen during the offline conversations (someone is afraid to speak, because of the “broken” english , and/or of the fact that their ideas might be judged ,and/or of the fact that they might shushed, and/or lack of confidence /knowledge), but ones you type your thought in online conversation it stays there and everyone is able to read it.Yes , I know , sometimes one’s thoughts might be misunderstood because of the inability to frame the words with body language and a solution for this problem would be asking twice to make sure you got the idea correctly. Our blog posts is just a  perfect way to listen to everyone and be lsitened. On it you can combine the both definitions of facilitation .The need of help and wish to help . You, teachers ,team members, students  by commenting each others post , sharing ideas , dissapointments , expectations , confusions, joys , wishes create a platform of facilitation . Where eveyone by his impact makes work smoothier . Easier.

 

p.s. and the TIME passing by makes facilitation easier : the TIME you spend with your team-members (teachers/mentors, other course-mates) solving ,analysing problems and making jokes of it when feeling totally roofless after a hard day …  




J.

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