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 teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.