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If you had a design challenge, would you join and participate in one of the types of online communities we’ve been researching? Why or why not?

It depends on if I am the leader or not, if I am only a team worker, I don’t think I have a choice but if I am the team leader, I would prefer work as a online community.

The reason is quite simple - we had learned the skills, we have been trained for this for weeks, we learned everything about online communities, the group size, the group types, how to work effectively, etc. Furthermore we actually participated on this every class, we solved a lot of problems like what software is best for video and what is the best for typing and sharing.

First thing first, I want all group members in my team has their won skills, in an other word, they are professional in some way, and they will take the matching roles. For example, I want the technology steward really good at every useful software and willing to help others to learn it. 

Once everybody has their won role and work to do, we will work as a smaller group of two, this is my favorite way, and it proved to be the best way in our team working. Since we had experience of “unhappy” team working, I think I am also ready for this kind of challenge, although I would like to avoid it.

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Reflect on your contribution to your team’s project to date and get feedback from at least one other member in a response to your reflective post. How would you monitor and evaluate your own learnings so far? The learnings of your team? The whole class?

How would you monitor and evaluate your own learnings so far?

First of all, I learned the bilbin test is not completely correct, based on the result I am a shaper who is the “task focused leader” with high motivation to achieve and committed and shapes team to achieve. In a word, the bad cop. In six weeks team working, I found I only shaped myself, I will finish group work and not hold the group back even when I am too sick to do my own assignment. However I just could not do the same to others, I don’t feel right to yell or judge others.

On the other hand, it shows perfectly that I am a good team worker, I finish group work on time and try to deal with the conflict in the group. I am unwilling to take sides and I tried my best to keep the machine going although I am not sure if I am a good listener.

The learnings of your team? The whole class?

The team work is going well no matter what happened to the group members, this is a interesting side I see in the group working. Last week we tried something new, which is the teacher recommend groups talk to each other and see what they have done, this is a good way, when I see other group’s problem, I will ask myself if we face the same problem and if not how to aviode it, when I see things they are doing well I learned something new.

The whole class is going through a new way too, it is to meet with the teacher online as groups, not the old way that everybody is in the same classroom and nobody seems participating. I admite it is going well because in a smaller group one feel more involved, and it is going better. First time online, there is no host in each group, the meeting was messy, and the second time there is a host in each group, it went well. I believe it will be even better, and solve more problem like one cannot speak and listen and type at one time.


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As you think about the learning you are embarking upon here at the university, reflect on the role that your instructors and fellow students play in facilitating yours and their learning. What are they doing? How is it facilitating learning and teamwork based on what you have experienced so far? What has been useful? What would you like to see and experience that you haven’t yet in the facilitation of this course from yourself, peers and faculty? What can you contribute as a peer facilitator?

When I first saw the topic of this week I found it quite confusing, because we have been talking about chat rooms for weeks, the online facilitating, the platform, I thought it is just change of names and stay in the same place forever. Like we discuss about meal and dinner and food, it is the same thing. So I went ask shahab, he explained that there are differences between these tasks. Indeed we have been talk about groups, but different elements in a group: the group type, the group size, and the group structure, how group works with platforms. And for me personally, the part which used most of my energy is all the platforms we have to go through with. I’m actually trying my best to adapt them.

What are they doing?

The team leader divide roles and team works for everybody, the team members did their lot. Sometimes we try new ways like to separate teams into smaller teams or listen to other groups’ working process, I like them too.

How is it facilitating learning and teamwork based on what you have experienced so far?

So far so good, even though we had a little misunderstanding in the team but we do not take “kick someone out” as a solution and fixed it well.

What has been useful?

The researching frame work is useful although I do not think I am really a shaper, but I found myself a good team worker.

What would you like to see and experience that you haven’t yet in the facilitation of this course from yourself, peers and faculty?

I hope to really participate in the NGO like what we are doing in personal branding, to actually have the chance to help them with our design works.

What can you contribute as a peer facilitator?

Well, first thing first, do my lot in the group work, furthermore, share what I know and pull some strings I could as an “individual”.


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As you think about the learning you are embarking upon here at the university, reflect on the role that your instructors and fellow students play in facilitating yours and their learning. What are they doing? How is it facilitating learning and teamwork based on what you have experienced so far? What has been useful? What would you like to see and experience that you haven’t yet in the facilitation of this course from yourself, peers and faculty? What can you contribute as a peer facilitator?

When it comes to group work, the most important person is the group leader. A community manager as well as a online facilitator is the bond of the whole group, he should negotiate with everybody, host meetings, summarise things goes well and not goes well. However, this week I learned something changed my mind, that is, these works I mentioned before is not only the leader’s job, but all the group members’ job because I know now to manage a group is not only the host’s wrok, but every members’.

Since we talked about group size before, we decide to try it. Our group separate into 3 small groups of two, in this way each small group has their task and a group leader. This is new and interesting, because it looks like you have the same works but actually it changed totally. For example, if someone didn’t finish his group work, as a group of six, the leader need to talk to him and ask why and see who can take over his work, in this way no one is happy with him. But when it comes to group of two, his partner has the same group work with him, the partner will talk to him in stead of the leader, and they can make plans like this time he really has no time so he can take the work next time, in this way, the work won’t be delay at all and everybody is happy.

The method above is a useful way that I experienced. I remembered last year, in another course, we tried something else, which is every body get the chance to be the leader for a week, it does not as effective as it sounds, turns out no body does their work except the week leader. This is a way we haven’t tried yet and I do not recommend, but in this example I learned what I can contribute as a group member - to manage your won work well.

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Reflect on your contribution to your team’s project to date and get feedback from at least one other member in a response to your reflective post. How would you monitor and evaluate your own learnings so far? The learnings of your team? The whole class?

I am glad to say I have learned a lot from the last 6 weeks, the syllabus every

week are clear goals for us to do research, in this class I am not only explore

myself but also to deal with group work, furthermore I learned a lot about our

client, the Unicef, and we could participate by solving some existing problem

with our own designs which is awesome because after all we are designers.

 In the class I like the way to do research about team work by team working in  

real life. Although there are some misunderstandings in the team and was a

problem for a while but I don’t take it as a bad thing, because things like this

make a group grow.

My favourite part is the plan we had for unicef. We planed to send some

cameras or products with camera to the children who need help, let them

record their life or problems themselves. Unicef can use these videos and

pictures to do advertisement and solve their problems. I did some research

online and find out we can actually design a camera phone with cheap price

and if unicef like this we could make the plan come true.

Here is my idea: a phone no more than 50 euros customize with 500M pixel

lens, VGA screen, GPRS module and GPS module. Users can upload data with

GPRS network and use GPS module track and record their location. We can

block the system to make the cheap camera can only upload data to UNICEF

database.

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week 6

As this is week 6 of our project, I feel slightly improved in teamwork and communication. The project is going pretty well as we constantly gather new information and ideas on our subject. It’s hard to describe my learnings so far, but I can feel a slight overall improvement. The communication itself I think is very beneficial, as it helps to find other people, their cultures and opinions interesting. I also like that it helps to improve my English language skills, as before this program I didn’t have much real practice between English speaking people. As for my team learnings, I believe my teammates also appreciate teamwork practice, expressing ideas, thinking of the solutions.  I am not sure about the whole group, because it’s quite a bunch of people, but this whole practice I mentioned cannot be bad, right?

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My brain is filling up nicely!

During my high school career, I got into the mentality that hard work is useless. Working hard is just uninspired, everyone could do it. Don’t work hard, just don’t.

And I don’t mean cutting corners, or being lazy. I mean work in a creative way, in a smarter-then-the-rest way. 

And that is what I try to contribute to my group as well  The work I do with my group, is usually not hours long, but crisp and deviceful. This way is not only less time consuming, but way easier as well. 

Start by thinking of what and how you want to do your set task, make a mind-map if needed. Think of something creative, think of something that would be a different approach to the set task.

Since I started my university career, I really improved on how to work in a group. I really feel that in a group, you are way more efficient with the time, but still coming up with a more creative result. The multiple streams of input forged together, usually make for an incredible result, because you look for the solutions from different angles.

I also got better at sharing my ideas, and publishing them on paper. Or actually on screen. I’m publishing my thoughts on a regular basis now, and feel like it’s getting easier.

The same goes for my fellow students. The blogs we keep get better every week, where for some, it was a bit awkward to publish their own thoughts in the first week. For some, you can even see their English improve week by week!

Let’s keep it up!

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Peer facilitation

As you think about the learning you are embarking upon here at the university, reflect on the role that your instructors and fellow students play in facilitating yours and their learning. What are they doing? How is it facilitating learning and teamwork based on what you have experienced so far? What has been useful? What would you like to see and experience that you haven’t yet in the facilitation of this course from yourself, peers and faculty? What can you contribute as a peer facilitator? For your commenting on others’ blogs this week, maybe you notice where another colleague has contributed to your learning through their facilitation and let them know when/where it happened and how it was of value to you. Are you game for that?

Learning is something tat works best when everyone has the same goals. Here at the university, all students and teachers have the same interests and therefore helping each others learning a lot better than I used to have in high school. Everyone actively commits to facilitating each others learning by joining in in class, asking and answering questions, doing their blog posts and posing interesting videos and pages in the facebook group. This is useful as this way we learn more and in a happier, more interesting manner.

Before coming to university, I expected a lot of lectures and little interaction between students and teachers. It seems to be completely different from what I expected. The interaction between students and teachers is pretty constant and not very formal. We use the internet a lot, on many different platforms. We seem to have very few lectures, allowing for a lot of discussion time. This facilitates teamwork very well.

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Facilitating eachother

The influence of my peers and instructors in university is huge. It is far greater than it was in high school. First of all, my peers in university have the same interests  Therefore it is easier to share ideas on the same subjects, thus getting new insights.

Second of all, the course in university are revolutionary. The way they teach is completely different than in high school. The other they we had a class discussion on Google Hang Out.

The lectures we have in university are quite the opposite of what I expected. People warned me that the lectures would be distant, and that contact with lecturers would we non existent  The contrary is true: We work in small groups, each with their own coach, lectures are held by multiple lecturers and the contact/ support with/from instructors is superb.

In other words, the influence instructors have on me, is very big, because of their method of teaching. It such a refreshing way of teaching, such a contrast to the rather old fashioned teaching me and many of my peers have experienced sofar.

In the same way that I am influenced by my peers, I hope to influence them. With this great way of interaction, our class really becomes a ‘think-tank’. We have had some good discussions on subjects like sustainability, car design, smart cities etc. Because of these shared interests, people are interested in hearing the ideas of others, and building on them. This sort of facilitation is in my eyes, the biggest revelation of coming to study IDE , and I’m looking forward to the rest of the 3 years!

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Facilitation

The level of online facilitation we are using now, is becoming familiar to me more and more with each project community class. I knew the most of the tools we are using for quite some time, though during my school years back in Lithuania I never got to use them for learning purposes. Facilitation when a person from the other part of the world is using skype video calls, and during that, becomes nothing less than a lecturer which is standing in the class, is simply not common yet in my country schools. Back then I was really eager to try out such tools, just because they were “modern” and rather unusual.

However, when I got here to study IDE, I got even more than that, and sometimes I even feel slightly overloaded with this online stuff. Hoping to catch up soon. And even more important – to start enjoying it. To add to it, I am really looking forward to improve myself in multitasking, because when it occurs now, I sometimes get confused and distracted, and that is even worse than doing only one thing at a time.

Offline facilitation is still far more effective from my point of view. First of all, the people who are participated are in the same place, at the same time, which means a lot. Personally for me, looking at an actual person giving a lecture is a superior way of teaching, which counters videos, online chats, asynchronous chats and so on.

Online facilitation has its own advantages of course. The first one and probably the most important is the mobility. You can use online tools wherever you are, you just need an internet connection. The second, but not less important is the time flexibility, typical to asynchronous tools. And pretty often this becomes the only way to make/learn everything in time.

The coaches of the project communities are doing an essential job, and they do it pretty well. Encouraging teams, putting them to the right direction, or simply explaining a specific topic once again is what they do. They sometimes like to leave a shade of uncertainty though, and that’s probably a good thing. This is what makes us think. Coaches also manage to make a bond between themselves and the students, which makes communication easier and the line between a tutor and a student pretty much invisible. That helps both sides.

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