Assessment 3 – INDIVIDUAL Blog and Learning Reflections
This is an INDIVIDUAL assessment that consists of three components:
- Blog detailing your weekly activities and learning (multi-media)
- Reflective report, which details your learning journey and explicitly cross-references the blog (written)
- Self- and Peer-Assessment of groups from assessment 2 (online questionnaire)
Blogs are a useful tool for yourself to keep track of activities you have carried out, as well as to nurture your writing and reflection skills. When published, blogs can also become powerful communication tools that enable you to share your experiences and learning with your stakeholders and the wider community. This assessment enables you to practice your practical blogging skills.
For this assessment, you are required to regularly record your weekly activities in the form of a blog. Blog entries need to be time stamped and demonstrate regular engagement with the Moodle blogging tool THROUGHOUT the term. Students who do not engage with the regular blogging activity and attempt to retrospectively write up their thoughts in one go at the end of term will lose out on important marks.
You should make sure your blog entries are reﬂective in nature, rather than merely describing the activities you have carried out – a template will be provided in Moodle to help you with this and on-campus students will be encouraged to use some of the class time to record their reﬂections. The fact that you are recording your activities and learning on a weekly basis helps you develop your group report (assessment 2), as well as the reﬂective report (assessment 3). Assessment 3 – INDIVIDUAL Blog and Learning Reflections
You are strongly encouraged to add photographs, images, videos or other supporting material that may help you reﬂect. There is no prescribed maximum of entries or words per entry as experience showed that many students ﬁnd this a useful learning exercise that they want to utilise to its full potential. However, the absolute minimum is 8 time-stamped entries spread across the term. It is best to write at least one entry per week and each entry should be no shorter than 150 words.
The blog component of assessment 3 is part of the assessment requirements and markers will check it for completeness, suitability as a communication tool, and reference material for your reﬂective report. However, please note that you will not receive detailed written feedback about the blog content.
While the blog is built throughout the term, the reﬂective report is to be developed towards the end of the term, as it requires you to present a critical self-analysis and reﬂection of your learning as a result of experiencing Design Thinking activity within this unit. The self-analysis and reﬂection must consider your personal development, as well as the development of your knowledge of Design Thinking topics. As a conclusion, students are to develop an action plan of key events and activities that they can undertake over the next 6 months to acquire any knowledge, skills and behaviours identiﬁed as requiring development.
The reﬂective report should be submitted as a Word document with a length of 2,500 words (+/- 10%), excluding preliminaries, tables, ﬁgures and references. Your reﬂective report must make reference to appropriate academic literature and theory in a critical way. Moreover, the report MUST explicitly reference appropriate evidence in your blog using a clear cross-reference system. The reﬂective report must make use of at least 20 high-quality references (APA style).