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It’s a team effort, individually as well

Since I started IDE many things have happend, I learned a great deal. Not only about the course subjects but also about group dynamics, preferences and compromise.

I felt that since I joined the course somewhat later, I couldn’t do anything. My group certainly helped me out of that feeling quickly and I’m glad that they did. We evaluated each others characteristics and used them as best we could.

Returning to what I learned, compromise is not always a bad thing, as long as you don’t lose the essence of what you’re trying to achieve, it a great way to combine different points of you into a singular action (eg answering questions and creating reports)

But compromise can be a bad thing very much so as well, I dislike the fact that we have to compromise because of technology such as google hangouts, at the moment you start trying to solve issue’s technology is creating you’re not solving the problems you tried to solve in the first place, or it severely limits your time to do it. As a result the found solutions are not as optimal as they could have been and most likely stick to being drafts, which is a shame.

Finally writing this makes me wonder about adjusting to technology or other hurdles which might hold up the process of problem solving. I feel as though every hurdle needs a certain adjustment time in order to get all the nooks and crannies out. These hurdles might reoccur depending on how well the group is adjusted to it.

You might like to compare it to domino’s whenever you add another stone in between the last one is less likely to drop. Only when every stone is perfectly placed the entire chain of communication will run smoothly, but if you try to hasten it the next time you might slack at placing one stone and although it worked the last time it might not work the second time. This goes on until you have enough experience to tell if every stone is placed right. 

Which ends this analogy and brings me back to teamwork, if everyone takes responsibility for only one part they are less likely to make a small mistake and the chain will probably run smoother. 

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This was originally published at Nout Hogesteeger

Reflection

I would say I’ve done a lot of work for the team, as I remember it was only me and one other team member who were taking notes while we were having discussions and going through the teamwork activities. I have set up multiple meetings with my group and have now also formed a collaboration between my group (group 6) and group 3.

I have learnt quite a lot from my group experience throughout this project and have also backed up previous thoughts on group work.

I cannot speak on behalf of my group about how much they have learnt from this course so far. I can say that we have worked hard to get this far, we started off missing 2 team members and it was a bit difficult but now that we are all here we have been working hard and getting along well with each other. I believe I have taught valuable skills to my peers and I have also learnt valuable skills from them as well.

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This was originally published at Industrial Design Engineering 2012

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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Learning.

I don’t know what kind of contribution, if any I have had to my team up to now, I believe that it would be more correct if my teammates would say that for me since when we get together and have the meetings for our project we are all just having a conversation and voice our opinions meaning that I can’t say I have contributed anything more than my thoughts and my opinions, on the other hand, how helpful those were to my teammates I do not know.

As for what I’ve learned up to now, I’m not really sure about that. Don’t know if I have learned anything or not and there isn’t exactly a test that will help me understand if I really did learn anything. What I know is that I’m definitely improving myself but don’t really know how, I guess everything in the classroom has an influence on what we learn, things such as the diversity of everyone in the class, their experiences and their knowledge, when that gets shared we definitely learn something from each other but I just cannot describe it since I don’t really know if it has anything to do with the course or not. the things we do also do not seem really helpful with learning new things, such as the blog post, I can’t see myself learning anything from it by posting every week except for maybe being able to express myself better, but that’s about it, reading what others have to say with your reflection might be interesting and having a discussion about a person’s reflection might be interesting but in the end that’s mostly voiced opinions.

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This was originally published at Vasilis Bagkoutsa

Student 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 in a group is always a great experience. The more groups you work with the more you start to understand how groups work. You understand what the most efficient form of collaboration is and how to achieve it. I have found that every group is different. Different people work best in their own conditions and their condition may be different to other people. All groups also need guidance, otherwise everyone in the group is lost and no work gets done.

what I have enjoyed within my group is seeing the enthusiasm and contribution they all have to show towards the completion of this project. At first things were a bit slow within the group, but now that the project is much clearer and that we have a full group, we can really build momentum to finishing this project.

Based on my previous group experience in my high school projects I have tried to facilitate the project with the old techniques. Personally I don’t think I have enough group experience to be able to facilitate peers efficiently so that’s why the more groups I get involved with the more I realize what does and doesn’t work.

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Learning

During this term I’ve had a tough and also good experience, at the beginning I didn’t contribute that much because I had a lot of problems understanding the class and also it was hard for me, because this is the first time that I am at school with boys, and I am the only girl on my team, so it was strange for me. Right now I am doing better, because my work team and me are communicating and working better.

About my own learning I think I am not learning that much, because for me a normal lecture works better than an online hangout, because it is really hard to understand everything and you can not communicate that much with the teacher. Also I think that posting on a blog every week is not teaching me anything, because I am just writting my experiences.

On the other hand, my experience with the NGOs is teaching me a lot, because I am analyzing several things about the NGOs that I never seen before and everything that I am learning is going to help me in the future.

On my opinion, my team and the group are in the same situation as me, in some of the assignments they are doing well and in some off them they are confused and they don’t get the point, but I hope at the end of the term we can learn a lot of things.

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This was originally published at Michelle Franken

Facilitating / Facilitation

It’s only when you start thinking about facilitating that you understand and see how much is being facilitated and how much you facilitate yourself. This is because I feel facilitating is a natural urge, the means to share information and the means to come to common ground on understanding each other.

Earlier today I saw a great documentary about creativity which Bart Hoekstra shared on facebook. It got me thinking about how creativity and spreading of idea works and how it got so much faster and easier in the past decade.

Technology facilitating has become one of the most important ways to share knowledge so that others can in their turn share their knowledge and so on.

If you take this principle to university as is happening, you take away regular ways of education but inspire the students to share great things with each other which in turn leads them to picking up way more knowledge than they would passively learning. In such a case it doesn’t matter that we deviate from the subject matter sometimes because it’s not useless information.

I feel it’s like additive learning, you keep picking up pieces and bits and it confuses you sometimes, but it also challenges you to complete the jigsaw and combine al these pieces into a new piece to complete a bigger jigsaw.

Facilitating others and others facilitating will keep on being of the most important aspects of learning, for without it initiative and infecting others with ideas is lost. Werther it’s trough technological, physical or mental interaction it’ll stay.

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This was originally published at Nout Hogesteeger

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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Facilitation

In this course I have experienced a whole new type of learning than I had before in high schools. First of all, I am not just being taught by the teachers, but also by my fellow students which encourages me to have more in-depth discussions which accellerate my learning significantly. The teachers are also facilitating my learning by being available at all times, since they are all on Facebook aswell. The big change in that compared to my other studies is that they are intruding my personal time, they are always there, my classmates are always there, especially now that I got my new iPhone. I am always being facilitated by all these people, but it is really the best thing for my learning. Everybody is helping me along the way with any questions, and at the same time are inspiring me to keep working and to keep getting inspired by all sort of things.

I think we should all stay connected on Facebook, keep writing on our Open Innovators Hub and keep facilitating eachother both on and offline.

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This was originally published at Youp Boelen

FACILITATORS



FACILITATORS

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This was originally published at Michelle Franken