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 2014 Learning journals.

What does a good learning journal look like?

Let's begin by looking at the common problems. Based on experience with previous classes, the main problems are:

Peer feedback on journals

Each week you must provide feedback on the learning journals of two of your peers. Over the course you will write 20 sets of feedback. You do this by commenting on your allocated journals directly on the wiki. Your goal in providing feedback is to help the author do a better job next time. If you feedback does not achieve that, than the author can rightly complain about the quality of your feedback. The feedback should, as a minimum, address:

In all cases, you should suggest how they might improve their journal; it is insufficient to point out the weaknesses in their journal without providing specific actionable ways they might improve. For example, it is not good enough to say, "Check your grammar". Rather you explain the nature of the problem and how they might fix it. Having said that, items like grammar and spelling are 'hygiene' factors–you should first provide feedback on more material aspects of journals, and then move on to the smaller matters.

 

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. Your weekly learning journals are not graded; 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

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.