As you progress each week through workshops and other activities

As you progress each week through workshops and other activities, we will ask you to reflect on what you have learned and record it in a reflection journal (Word document).

As you progress each week through workshops and other activities

Firstly, As you progress each week through workshops and other activities, we will ask you to reflect on what you have learned and record it in a reflection journal (Word document). Through the workshops and your engagement with the online learning materials you will accumulate learnings about various aspects of problem solving and about your own reflexivity and practices as a student, as a problem solver, and as a team/group member.

We strongly encourage you to write a 1/2 – 1 page summary of what you learned each week, at the end of class or soon afterwards, while your experiences are fresh in your mind. Specifically, you should reflect on what you learned (1) about/during the workshops, (2) about problem solving in general, (3) about this course, its materials and exercises, and (4) about yourself and your personal learning.

You can then file these and later use them when you write your final learning reflection submission. A technique you may wish to employ is to ask yourself what your key take-aways from the workshop and online material were, and to write about those. In doing this, you will collate your reflections on the lessons you learned from your experiences within this course, such as: what worked well, what didn’t, and summarising your entire experience. If you want more guidance, you can use the attached “Reflection Questions as Guidance” to record your weekly observations. But remember that this is not the essay format in which you need to write your final reflection assessment.

This is not academic writing but a more personal account of your own learning style. Use the first person singular i.e. “I” when writing. Discuss your ideas, opinions and insights about yourself, triggered by your experiences in the course. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers. The reflection essay is assessed according to how you show that you have thought about what you have learned.

Please note that this is not a description of topics covered in class. But rather how these helped you understand and build your knowledge, skills and self-awareness over the trimester. If diagrams help explain your thought processes, please include these.

This reflection essay should address the following questions.

What did you learn in this course? What are your key take aways? Discuss at least 3 examples of surprising learning or activities from the course and what surprised you in them (do not be too descriptive).
Not just the activities but you personally – what did you learn from this experience?  What will you take with you forever?  How did this course impact you personally?
What would you do now (after the completion of the course) differently?   How would you approach problems differently?
What did you learn about problem-solving by doing this course?   What skills do you think you picked up and what can you take with you into the workforce?

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