Task Objectives

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 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 behaviour.

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 changes 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:

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 Summative learning journal will be graded.

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

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

You should strive to meet the outline of what this course is about. The brief outline is:

"Explore and reflect on the realities of management theory and practice through critically examining management challenges, from small entrepreneurial firms to large corporations.".

  • 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 know¬†you belong to this class.
  • It is anticipated 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

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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.