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I was so close to throwing something at the computer screen while using Mikes Bikes. I had spent a few hours over three days trying to get the hang of simulation and each time it frustrated me. Whatever I did, my SHV would decrease with each rollover.  I read through and watched all the user documents and videos and felt like it hardly helped at all. I continued to use the simulation and read through the hints provided but in my opinion it only helped a little. I gathered a general understanding on what each function meant and what the relationship was with each component. However I still couldn't get my SHV to reach 25. I then had to seek help from a class mate, who which was like an angel sent from above.  She made everything much more clearer, and emphasized the use of reports and what parts of the reports correlated with what function/division.  I finally got the hang of it, and eventually reached a SHV above 25. I was stoked that I had finally accomplished it, and without her it would've taken me a very long time to understand it fully by myself.


This leads onto my next point with teams. This week’s readings concentrated on why teams matter and how effective they are. I personally enjoy working in teams, being optimistic as I am, I feel like teams create a new learning avenue. With teams comes discussion. I find it beneficial as I’m able to learn a particular concept by hearing someone else’s perspectives. Not only does this give insight from other point of views it creates room for critiquing and questioning which is essential when trying to fully understand something. I know many people dread the idea of team-work, and I agree that there are major issues that can occur when in a team. Goal-displacement is an example which was discussed in class earlier this week and in the readings by Oakley et al. (2004). This can lead to an unequal effort put into the project and conflict can occur, and we all know how fun it is to work with people you may not get along with. ‘Turning student groups into effective teams’ (Oakley, et al. 2004) suggested that getting put into teams by someone else rather than self-select is much more resourceful as there is diversity of skills that potentially wouldn’t of happened if we were to get into teams with our current friends. I admit I do tend to go for teams that I’m familiar with, as it decreases the time of the norming stage, which could result in more time in the performing stage. Overall I think teams are great, and the team I got placed in for the rest of the semester looks hopeful. I can already tell that each member brings something different to the group but at the same time we share common things which will work towards the cohesiveness of the group. Although the bad for the week was getting to know MikesBikes but the good was getting into a great team!

Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teamsJournal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.


  1. Well done with MikesBikes! I found the software quite difficult to familiarize myself with, but its good to hear about how you overcame it. Your journal is a great read, as you do have insight on what happened during MikeBikes and your feeling on teams. However, in saying that, you could have done more emphasis on what you could have done differently or how you felt in relation to your position from the class? Just a suggestion to ensure that you can have a full reflection. Although, once again, it was a fantastic read that gave a lot of depth to your struggle and the path you took to over come this. 

  2. Im glad that im not the only one who struggled with Mikes Bikes...  As learnt in the readings learning is about reflection and growing from mistakes which have made you fail in the past. In reaching the 25 SHV goal this shows that you have grown from your mistakes and learnt through practicing the Mikes Bikes Simulation which is going to be super beneficial for your multiplayer team work.

    Your paragraph on teams is good and shows the good things and also the conflict that can arise from teamwork. It shows that you have put some effort into thinking about how your team will work together in the multiplayer section of the course and you have backed up this with references from the weeks readings.

    The only real thing i think that you could work on is making it more of a reflection, i feel like you jus ttold us facts and didnt reflect on how you improved on your struggles. Also the team part didnt reflect as much on your week it sort of more looked at the future which in a way ruins what you could write for the future as you have already written it here.

    I think this was well written but you just need to work on the reflection part of it a little more. Keep up the good work and good luck for the multiplayer segment of the simulation!