- 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 sensemaking (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 summativeevaluation 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 multi-disciplinary 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 Learning journals.
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 journalto this wiki. Only your Summative learning journal will be graded.
- 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 usedTurn It In for other courses. However, if you have not used it before, you should visit Turn It In and familiarise yourself with the information there.
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 journaling 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 entriesin 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.
- Being late or missing a weekly journal entry will result in a 10-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 formated reference.
Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36¿48.
Weick, K. E. (1995). Sensemaking in organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.