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Absences

I will miss the first week, will this be a problem?
  • You can do almost everything online the first week. Remember, if you don't successfully submit a CV then you won't be placed in a team (then you will have problems). 
How do I submit my CV if I'm not in the country?
  • Get a friend to print it out for you and have them hand it in to the Student Resource Centre on Level 0 of the SOGGB.
I'm going to miss the first two weeks of class, will that be a problem?
  • See the notes above about the first week. Regarding the second week, assuming you successfully submit a CV, you'll be placed in a team. I have no idea how your team will respond (in the peer evaluation) to you missing any team meetings (e.g., Team Time).

Assessments

I'm feeling a bit confused as to the journals. What are we meant to focus on for the first one?
  • Many folks find that the article by Daudelin (1996) provides a guide to getting started with reflective journals. If you want to discuss possible ideas for journals, feel free to drop in and talk with Peter.
If I edit my journal after the due date, will it be considered a missed/late journal?
  • Making a few minor cosmetic changes is fine. There is no problem with those type of corrections.
Is it okay to edit my journal and add more to it after I've read the comments made by my peers?
  • No, not really. Your reflection at that point in time is done. If something is significant enough that you have new insights then either do an additional journal entry (which is fine), or use your next 'scheduled' journal to address the insight.
Is it okay to edit the feedback I have given to my peers?
  • As in the case of editing journals, aside from minor cosmetic changes to feedback, it is not appropriate to go back and revise them after the due date.
What feedback can I expect during the course?

You will get a variety of feedback during the course. Feedback includes:

  • For each learning journal you submit (on time) you should get feedback from two of your peers. There is a great deal of evidence that feedback from peers is valuable and leads to improvement
  • The course director will provide feedback on one of your learning journals; typically around the mid-semester break. You might consider reading all the feedback given to other people
  • As part of being a high performing team, you should give feedback to your team members on:
    • Their performance as team members; E.g., How are they fulfilling their roles? How do they contribute to the smooth running of the team?
    • The learning journals they write
    • The feedback that they give on learning journals
  • In addition, you should not ignore the feedback that you provide to yourself through the process of thinking (and writing) about your own learning.
If I write more than one learning journal in one particular week, what does this mean for me; e.g. how much feedback will I get? 
  • If you do multiple journals in one week you will only be allocated two reviewers.  They will probably pick the most recent learning journal on which to give you feedback. It does not change the number of reviews you have to do (i.e, 2). 
When will the final grades be posted?
    • There is an examiners meeting after the final examinations (but remember, we have no exam). The grades will be posted after they have been confirmed at the examiners meeting.

Classes

When will I know whose learning journal I should be reviewing?
  • In the first weeks of class there can be some flux in the number of students taking specific classes. To try and ensure that everyone gets feedback (i.e., so that only students who are actually doing the course are assigned as 'reviewers'), a list of reviewers will be created (and distributed) typically on the same day that the learning journals are submitted (and normally, within a few hours of the submissions closing). Typically, an announcement will be made when the details of the reviewers are posted.
Do I need to come to class when they are scheduled for team-time?
  • Team time is a time when you can be sure that your team can all meet together to make decisions. It is collectively up to your team as to when and how often you meet; but you should always be available for team-time if that is when the team wants to meet.

MikesBikes

I've been to SmartSims but can't find where to get/register the software?
I use an Apple Mac, how do I access the software?
  • Once you've registered, you'll find you can access a web-based version of the software. The Quick Start Guide from SmartSims describes how to do this, and how to get help if you need it. In particular you'll need to:

    To access the Online version ... login again using your personal login and password.

How many practice rollovers are there?
Are the worlds restarted during the practice rollovers?
  • No. Only at the end of the practice period. 
How long will we always have access to Offline mode?
  • In NetMike, until the practice rounds are over. In a registered version of SoloMike you can always rollback. 
How do I access Offline mode on Mac?
  • For Mac users who will be using the simulation on Smartsims online, you will need to log out and will see an 'offline login' option.
When the worlds are restarted after the practice rollovers, does this mean my team is in exactly the same market it started in?  I.e. If my team started in the "Napier" marketplace for the practice rollovers, will my team be competing in this same marketplace during the real rollovers (competing against the same teams)?
  • This depends on the size of the class. Usually, you can expect changes in your competitors. 
Are there rollovers during the mid-semester break?
  • Check out the To Do checklist. But having said that, if the whole class has a view on this then I'm happy to change it.


The Wiki

How do I move a learning journal (or some other page I've created in the wrong place).

Teams

Can we choose who is in our team?
  • There is little evidence that this produces the best learning outcomes for students
Our team is having a problem with team member X, what should we do?
  • In the first instance you should talk to them about it. They cannot change/get better if they do not know--specifically–what the problem is. If you need help addressing an issue, talk to the course director. They will help you deliver good feedback to that person.

 

 


 

References

Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36--48.