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Task Objectives

  • To foster self-reflection on (a) the theory presented in the course, and (b) your experience in running a firm whilst being part of a management team.
  • To help with your sense making (Weick, 1995) regarding this course.

A casual search using Google Scholar for learning journals provides a plethora of articles extolling their
virtues. Broadly, learning journals foster high quality self-reflection and increase critical thinking. There are two components to this assignment. First, you are to maintain a weekly learning journal. Secondly, you are to use the your weekly journal as the 'data' for a summative journal/essay on your major learnings from
this course. This final part of the assignment is a summative evaluation of your weekly journals.

">Weekly learning journals

For each of the first ten weeks of the course you are to write at a journal entry of at least 300 words. The more you write the more grist you will have for your Summative Learning Journal.

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 behavior.

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

What does a good learning journal look like?

Based on experience with previous classes, there are a number of common problems. First, many don't use the structure recommended by Daudelin, despite it being good one. This is the one most significant change that most people could make when trying to improve one's learning journals. Secondly, when people use theory in their journals, most are using 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.

">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 journals directly on the wiki. 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 the higher levels of Bloom et al.'s (1956 ) taxonomy of the cognitive domain.
  • The quality of the writing.

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

">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 you final journal via Turn It In. You should not submit your summative journal to this wiki. Only your Summative learning journal will be graded.

Your summative learning journal is quite different to you weekly learning journals.

  • It must demonstrate the breath as well as the depth, of what you have learnt.
  • It should provide good evidence of both evaluation and synthesis (Bloom, 1956).
  • It should be based on the 'data' from your weekly learning journals, and possible in the insights you have had as a result of providing feedback on others' learning journals.
  • It will probably focus on one or two major takeaways/insights. Maybe three, certainly not five. These are the things that have changed the way you think about business and changed your behavior.

Note, your summative learning journal should not be directly about your Mastery (or otherwise) of Mike¿s Bikes.

  • You must use your University of Auckland email address (aucklanduni.ac.nz) when signing it to Turn It In. That is how the system will you belong to this class.
  • It is anticipate that you have used Turn It In for other courses. However, if you have not used it before, you should visit Turn It In and familiarize yourself with the information there.

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Notes on the learning journals

  • For many in the class, this is the first time they will have had to undertake an reflective writing. As a result, some people will approach this assignment with some trepidation. For those people, the article by Daudelin (1996) will provide assistance. As you progress, you should find writing journals increasingly easy and natural. As a result, your later journals may be considerably longer than your earlier ones. Because of this, there is no upper word limit for your weekly journal entries. Indeed, you may, if you like, do more than one entry per week.
  • By the due date, one journal entry each week must be of at least the minimum word length. You may not do three 100 word journal entries in a week and hope for it to be treated like one 300-word journal entry.
  • For your weekly journal entries, and for the summative journal, using the first person (e.g., I, me, etc.) is acceptable.
  • The quality of your writing matters. For instance, your weekly learning journals will be on public display, and like much of the Internet will be available long after this course is over.
  • Although your weekly learning journal is not directly assessed, it can affect your grade for this course.
    • Each instance of being late or missing a weekly journal entry will result in a 10-percent penalty being applied to your summative learning journal.
    • Each instance of being late or failing to give feedback will result in a 5-percent penalty being applied to your summative learning journal.
    • Failing to correctly cite/reference material in your journal can incur a 10-percent penalty being applied to your summative learning journal. You should correctly cite your weekly learning journal using an APA formatted reference.
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References

Bloom, B. S. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives: Handbook 1 Cognitive domain. New York: Longmans.
Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36--48.
Weick, K. E. (1995). Sense making in organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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