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Week #6: Monitoring & Evaluation

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In order to start getting some feedback we must have an access to our target group and people who participated in the project (and hopefully is still participaing). We assume that you have made nice long standing connections which I mentioned in previous blogs and then you must have communicated about whole process in all the way. So the good start is half the job. This will make half of your questions easier to answer, because people who you work with must be passionate about the theme.

Another very important part is get good feedback from your teammates and yourselves as well. It may sound strange, but we sometimes can’t really notice the whole process as a whole. It may take some time just to obtain a ‘fresh eyes’ and in that part I suggest communicating within your team briefly. You may found some things which you didn’t like along the path and even may want to fix some of your design (we all know that design is being polished ten thousand times till its ‘good enough’) as clear mind provides with some insight in your own work. Anyway don’t haste and do careless fixes because you may cause may damage than good. That’s why your teams here for.

If you can do it, share your research and insights with your target group and research connections. The best way to do it of course to gather for a last meeting to see really how people feel like about the whole process. That should give you more ideas about your design and you may (yes, again!) redesign it!

For nice feedbacking and talking methods on various socal themes google “Compass”. Issued for NGO’s from NGO’s.

Happy feedbacking

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Posted in All Students, Group 9, Marketing Products
This was originally published at strange Behaviour

Week 6 Reflections

My learning so far? I have learnt to work in a team, through better and worse, I have learnt that having a ‘team leader’ doesn’t make that person the boss, I have learnt that communicating between team members is very important. Also that the Belbin test wasn’t very accurate nor very useful as for our team, the roles don’t matter so much and everyone needs to do as much work in researching and evaluating. Thankfully, we are all working well together now. 

My learnings so far are going all right as far as I know. I can work well in teams, I can use different platforms successfully. If there is any advice on what to do or how to change or improve, I would willingly hear it so that I can work better for the rest. Constructive criticism is always helpful.

As a team, I believe we have learnt a lot, especially about team work and trust. We can work together, we can work as a team and we have gotten through some challenges. We have learnt to cater for others needs when necessary, supporting each other with work when they need it.

As a class, I believe everyone has had similar challenges and therefore have learnt similarly. Our work is monitored by what we write and how we work in groups. Our personal groups ensure we do our work. All groups are at the same stage and if another group has managed doing work, clearly it was possible and therefore this shows how hard our group has worked, staying up to date.

 

 

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Posted in All Students, Group 4, Marketing Products
This was originally published at Saskia Smits

Group contributions

My largest contribution and and one of the only individual assignments we have had in our group was to learn more about IndieGoGo.com; the history, people who work there, and the overall goal and accomplishments  In a group setting i think that my contributions have been different. When we studied in the first weeks what type of personality you can bring to group work, I tried to hold onto what my role was deemed ”best” at. Bringing in fresh ideas and looking for solutions out of the box. Though it would be silly to limit myself as i see it to only fulfill one role, I have been focused on creating myself as that type of person with in the group setting. 

As the group work has been mostly based on conflict resolution and group discussion with in our group, it would be easier to look at how we as a group have grown together to face our disagreements. We have struggled as a team to have what I would call a good sense of teamwork. Michael Schumacher says it best in his quote: ”When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back.” We as a group have to overcome this to really produce a good product and be able to deliver at the end. As a larger class group, we have had hardly any interaction with any other group apart from a little from group 7 as they have the same task as we do. 

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This was originally published at Expert Innovation

Monitoring&Evaluating


Using variety of new platforms for facilitating our work is a sort of challange and each challange is learning throgh the experience. When monitoring and evaluating my learnings I guess the most concrete way is ticking the new things I have done- and there are many. 

In other hand there are things that can not be monitored and evaluated directly, like all the general and background information about using different technologies and purposes of facilitation etc.

I am sure that the same principal applies to everybody from our group.

As for our group in whole we have learned how to spread the work, facilitate the work, make some changes in order to reach our goal etc. The easiest way of evaluating and monitoring our groupwork in these circumstances is through the grades. Since we get graded once a week, it is good and easy to see our position and if we are on the right track with our work.

It is very hard to evaluate others and their learnings through reading their blog posts, because for me a lot of these posts reflect in general the same thing and in many cases it is hard to say whether there is a genuine will and interest to learn or just words to keep assessor „satisfactory“.

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Posted in All Students, Customer Communities, Group 5
This was originally published at Henrik Eeltee

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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Posted in All Students, Group 6, Idea Networks
This was originally published at Nout Hogesteeger

A Brief Evaluation

Personally I feel that my group and I are behind schedule at the moment. However, after talking to the teachers I have realized that it is just my impatience to find information and create some results that’s causing my concern. It seems that we are right on track and that might be caused by the fact that I am this impatient to organize the project and keep my group members busy. I feel that it is very important to have these skills while working in a group. If every member was passive and not trying to push each other forward, then the group could easily fall behind on the progress needed.

As a whole I think that the entire group is up to date on all the findings about our project so far. I keep reminding them to read up on everyone’s writings. If a group member doesn’t take my advice into account, then it’s up to that person to update him or herself. I might be the team leader, but I’m nobody’s mother. I would say that I’m as informed about our project as I can be at the moment. We cannot move forward till we have received more information from the teachers side, which I’m assuming is part of their plan. I did think, that by now, I would have learned more, but perhaps this class isn’t quite as demanding as I thought it would be. Which is something I have heard from several different classmates.

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Posted in All Students, Group 2, Support Raising
This was originally published at THE GREAT DANE

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

6 THINGS

To be honest, that’s how it was at the beginning:
At the first lecture I was sitting and thinking “why I am here?? What I am doing here?? Ok, I will follow others and will do everything what they would do”.
At the second one– “at least I am not the only one who doesn’t know anything what we are doing here”.

At the third lesson I started to understand what we are doing, at last! I was quite sure about everything and when I tried to know other persons in my class. I am really bad with names but know I have learned a lot.

6 things:

1.       Listening to other opinions. I think, that this is the main thing what did I learn. Not at university, I was always very busy to listen to others opinions; one or two opinions were enough to solve problems. And now, when we are working in teams, we have to listen to others, it’s not hard but it is very helpful to know what do everyone thinks.

2.       Team work. It was the biggest “?” for me. I had an idea what it is, I had been working in a team, but this is not this kind of team. Your mark depends on team members, you have to do everything perfectly to make your team happy, and you have to solve all problems with everyone, not alone. I these quite fast, it’s a very good beginning for later job.

3.       Take notes of the most important things. All the time I was thinking: “I will attend all lessons, I will listen and I will read books, I don’t need to take any notes, I will remember everything”. noooo, its complicated now. I am not at all lessons, I would love to be at all but it is quite impossible because of many reasons. I listen what teachers say, but I don’t read anything except projcomm page information. And now, I need to take notes, because no one will give all information “on the plate” for me. I understood that these notes are soo helpful, when you need to answer some question or even to write a blog, I can check my notebook and find some useful information.

4.       Now I know what NGO’s are. I always knew that there are some organizations, which help people in developed countries, who improve their lives and so on, but I know what do NGO’s really do, how they do it and mostly everything about them, I had never had any idea that they are doing so much.

5.       Other cultures. I have met many people from other countries, also, people from our class. They said how it is to live in their country, traditions, food and etc. I tried to explain something about my county, people, traditions, me and my family. I always loved to communicate with people from all around the World; I have many friends from other countries so it is not very hard to communicate with people who have many differences from me.

6.       Blog writing. I a l w a y s hated this thing. But know, then blogs are obligatory, I need to do this. It found and good sides of this, now it is not a penalty to write it, I quite enjoy it.

There are more things I have learned but these are the main. I hope in coming weeks I will learn something more.

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This was originally published at Justina Vaičiūnaitė

6 THINGS

To be honest, that’s how it was at the beginning:
At the first lecture I was sitting and thinking “why I am here?? What I am doing here?? Ok, I will follow others and will do everything what they would do”.
At the second one– “at least I am not the only one who doesn’t know anything what we are doing here”.

At the third lesson I started to understand what we are doing, at last! I was quite sure about everything and when I tried to know other persons in my class. I am really bad with names but know I have learned a lot.

6 things:

1.       Listening to other opinions. I think, that this is the main thing what did I learn. Not at university, I was always very busy to listen to others opinions; one or two opinions were enough to solve problems. And now, when we are working in teams, we have to listen to others, it’s not hard but it is very helpful to know what do everyone thinks.

2.       Team work. It was the biggest “?” for me. I had an idea what it is, I had been working in a team, but this is not this kind of team. Your mark depends on team members, you have to do everything perfectly to make your team happy, and you have to solve all problems with everyone, not alone. I these quite fast, it’s a very good beginning for later job.

3.       Take notes of the most important things. All the time I was thinking: “I will attend all lessons, I will listen and I will read books, I don’t need to take any notes, I will remember everything”. noooo, its complicated now. I am not at all lessons, I would love to be at all but it is quite impossible because of many reasons. I listen what teachers say, but I don’t read anything except projcomm page information. And now, I need to take notes, because no one will give all information “on the plate” for me. I understood that these notes are soo helpful, when you need to answer some question or even to write a blog, I can check my notebook and find some useful information.

4.       Now I know what NGO’s are. I always knew that there are some organizations, which help people in developed countries, who improve their lives and so on, but I know what do NGO’s really do, how they do it and mostly everything about them, I had never had any idea that they are doing so much.

5.       Other cultures. I have met many people from other countries, also, people from our class. They said how it is to live in their country, traditions, food and etc. I tried to explain something about my county, people, traditions, me and my family. I always loved to communicate with people from all around the World; I have many friends from other countries so it is not very hard to communicate with people who have many differences from me.

6.       Blog writing. I a l w a y s hated this thing. But know, then blogs are obligatory, I need to do this. It found and good sides of this, now it is not a penalty to write it, I quite enjoy it.

There are more things I have learned but these are the main. I hope in coming weeks I will learn something more.

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This was originally published at Justina Vaičiūnaitė

Personal Blog Reflection Prompt #6

So far we have great team work in our group. We discuss a lot on what we should work on, how we should do it and which tools should we use in order to work more efficiently and fast. As a team leader of our group I basically play the role of the person who keeps the balance, motivation and spirit in the group. My job for the team is to divide the group work into different parts and assign each of the parts to the team members  I also usually give each of them a certain deadline so they have to keep time in mind and we won’t have to wrap up the work at the last minute. I always respect and summarize my teammates’ ideas and proposals on the project but it’s my job to have the final word on the final decisions we are making as a group. For instance, when we had a problem on choosing the product we should find funding for I was the person who summarized all the plusses and minuses of the both products we had our dilemma about and just discuss with the others what the best decision would be.

I also have to be the representative face of our group when the others are troubled coming to a meeting or it’s just not possible for all of us to attend, for instance, when we have a G+ hangout it’s not possible for more then 10 people to be there and all of us can’t fit in the camera frame so I have to be there representing our group views, projects, thoughts and plans. I personally find this as a big responsibility, therefore I’m very grateful to my teammates that they chose me to be the team leader!

I think that as an individual I’ve learned a lot about team work and how my work can be more efficient and how I can improve it. Since I haven’t been as online person before I think I’ve learned how to be a part of the online community and how to approach the online world using different online tools. I think that I’ve learned to be more confident in doing an online research about a certain topic and I can now say that I know where to look for things I need and how to use the information I have most efficiently.

As a team I think we’ve definitely improved our working-in-group skills. We definitely learn a lot for each other, which helps us a lot in our team work activities and assignments. We’ve also taught each other lots of important things not only involving our work in class but also useful things we need to know in real life.

I think that as a whole class, we’ve also learned a lot. We don’t close each other only in our groups but we also have learned to pay attention to other groups’ work so we can in one way or another collaborate and help each other in our researches and problems that we have with our projects.

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This was originally published at Tsvetelina Obretenova