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In your learning journal entries, you are to explore the linkages between the theoretical content of the course; e.g., the readings and class sessions ) with your practical experience e.g., of working in a multidisciplinary team and running a bike company). As well as content (theory) from this course, you may, if appropriate, draw on material from other courses.

Ultimately, you should be considering the real difference the course is making to your thinking and behaviour.

Each learning journal entry is to be submitted electronically by creating a wiki page at 2013 2014 Learning journals.

What does a good learning journal look like?

Let's begin by looking at the common problems. Based on experience with previous classes, there are a number of common problems. First, many the main problems are:

  • Many people don't use the structure recommended by Daudelin, despite it being good one. This is the one most significant changes that most people could make when trying to improve


  • their learning journals.


  • When using theory in their journals, most


  • people use it to label things; e.g., Mary is an effective follower. Very few (if any) people are using theory to either explain what is happening, or predict what might happen. This is closely tied to the structure of people's journals (i.e, not substantively addressing a real issue). My assumption is that this is partly because people aren't drawing on particular theory to address a particular problem; instead they are drawing on the 'theory of the week'. I really encourage you to use Daudeline's approach, select theory that supports that issue (and that won't necessarily be theory of the week), and finally, use theory for more than just labeling.
  • Finally, many people write a 'stream of conscious', rather than reflecting upon the week's learning and writing up that reflection.

Peer feedback on journals

Each week you must provide feedback/comments on the learning journals of two of your peers. In other words, you need to write 20 sets of feedback. You can comment on the do this by commenting on your allocated journals directly on the wiki. Your goal in providing feedback is to help the author do a better job next time. If you feedback does not achieve that, than the author can rightly complain about the quality of your feedback. The feedback should, as a minimum, address:

  • How well the journal meets the guidelines provided by Daudlin (1996).
  • The extent to which the journal demonstrates achievement in the higher levels of Bloom et al.'s (1956 ) taxonomy of the cognitive domain.
  • The quality of the writing.

    NoteYou will be given the details of peers that you are to review.


In all cases, you should suggest how they might improve their journal; it is insufficient to point out the weaknesses in their journal without suggest specific actionable ways they might improve.


Summative Learning Journal

Drawing on your weekly journal entries, you are to write a final, summative journal entry of between 2,000 and 3,000 words. You are to submit your final journal via Turn It In. You should not submit your summative journal to this wiki. Only Your weekly learning journals are not graded; only your Summative learning journal will be graded.