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MDI, week five

Notes from 16/10/17 to 20/10/17, Week five

16/10 – Today we had a lecture on what individual learning, self-directed learning, looks like and what a Master degree level is expecting in terms of deliverables.

At a high level, a discussion on the exploration of critique, methods of learning, alternative modes, mental models, the relationship between divergent and convergent thinking.

Further, we looked at what a Master degree level would be expecting in terms of deliverables using Bloom’s Taxonomy (6 cognitive models of thinking) as a guide.

This was broken down as:

  1. Remembering
  2. Understanding
  3. Applying
  4. Creating
  5. Evaluating
  6. Analysing

It was described that a Master degree would expect the first three items by default; and would not be marked, whereas the last 3 (Creating, Evaluating, Analysing) should be aimed at, demonstrated at; and would be scored.

Further we looked at how we perceive, process and organise information; a VARK model was introduced as a multi-model to score learning activities against four scores/types of learners.

We also looked at Honey and Mumford (1982) learning styles model of Activists (Feeling), Reflectors (Watching), Theorists (Thinking) and Pragmatists (Doing)  and their relationship with each other.

We briefly compared Concrete experience vs Reflective observation vs Abstract conceptualisation vs Active Experimentation.

In a summary, this lecture was multi-fold;

  • Importance of reflective learning“: Emphasised the importance of documenting, and reflective self-directed learning and how we approach this towards our Master degree
  • What gets scored“; what our lecturers are looking for in our Master degree papers and documents and the levels of reflective learning, experimentation, etc being documented.
  • Empathy“; Understanding and empathy for other team members and identifying the divergent thinker vs convergent thinker within our team community and how one type of thinker can inform the other where appropriate.
  • Don’t wait“; At a Master degree level, do not wait for lecturers to fill in the gaps; I feel this will be important for us as a team to book guest lecturers, and even better would be on-site visits to companies to see how they approach the same problems that we as MDI students are approaching.   I am wanting to push this forward, and will raise it in our next unpack meeting.

17/10 – We did an unpack of our 5-day design sprint, reflecting upon what worked well, what didn’t work well and what can we can implement to make things better (how might we …).   

We also started to wrap up our documentation and following the unpack, I wanted to try out a basic, low fidelity Kanban board for the rest of the week to show visually the progress of work being done; but also helps my upcoming semester 1 assignment.


17/10 – We did an unpack of our 5-day design sprint, reflecting upon what worked well, what didn’t work well and what can we can implement to make things better (how might we …).   

We also started to wrap up our documentation and following the unpack, I wanted to try out a basic, low fidelity Kanban board for the rest of the week to show visually the progress of work being done; but also helps my upcoming semester 1 assignment.


18/10 – We continued to move our presentation and project work from note form into a report that we could hand in to the client and our lecturer.


19/10 – We finalised our report, however the amount of work, time and effort required and spent was perhaps under-estimated; I believe in future, in set-up stage a fair percentage of time must be allocated to how we ensure designers and all other members of the team are not overwhelmed.