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IDU Final Reflection

In the last couple of weeks, ISB has included a unit called IDU (Interdisciplinary Unit), in this unit our main focus was on inclusivity. The main goal and focus of this were to improve our ISB community to become more inclusive of all kinds of people. I was put into a group, and in the group, I did not know any of my teammates. During the process of this unit, I had to face the challenges of getting to know how to communicate with my teammates to get things on task and done before the due date.

I assessed myself in satisfactory as in the “collaboration” strand from the student as a learner rubric. During this project, one of my teammates was sick nearly the whole project, and we had to communicate with that teammate to get our work done by using emails and WeChat to communicate our ideas and thinking. I tried my best to listen to everyone’s suggestions and came up with a solution that fits us the best. In this project, at first, we did not know what the targeted audience was; everyone in the group had no idea for the targeted audience,  so I gave the suggestion of LGBTQIA. However one of my teammates did not want to focus on this, therefore, we had a small vote and democracy wins, and the final decision was depressed people. I think that my strengths of being a team member are that I am willing to listen to everyone’s ideas and actively participating in the group. I think I need to work on is work efficiency, because sometimes in our group we make decisions not really efficient which causes the whole process of our work to slow down.

At the beginning of this project, our group, have all agreed to 10 rules:

Team rules 

  1. Work is equally done   
  2. Respect each other’s opinions when disagreeing  
  3. Everyone meets set deadlines 
  4. Build on ideas instead of disregarding them 
  5. Be engaged/on task  
  6. Provide feedback to each others work  
  7. Keep in touch via WeChat  
  8. If a conflict occurs and people are hostile, come back to issue during the next time we meet to set compromises   
  9. If someone misses a meeting/work session, meeting notes/minutes should be posted in the WeChat group and work should be made up at home 
  10.  If people have personal issues, it is their responsibility to deal with it and it will not be an excuse to not get work done

The norms I found being easy for me to implement are respecting each other’s opinions when disagreeing because during the process of the project we had all sorts of ideas and opinions and there are some conflicts but lastly we still had respectfully agreed to one. Another norm I found easy for me was to keep in touch because I am always online and checking my messages on a regular daily bases so I do not miss any important information. I found it very challenging to be on task because I am very easily distracted by other things. 

In my group, collaboration was very important for us, because one of my teammates was sick and we had to work extremely collaborate to finish our work and communicating with that teammate to get his ideas and opinions into our group. I think the most challenging for me to collaborate with others is getting to know them first because sometimes it is very hard to collaborate with someone you do not know. I overcome this challenge by communicating them more often in the group and establishing a good relationship with all my teammates. 

Finally, in this unit, I learned the importance of “inclusivity” and also the importance of collaborating with others. Also, I have learned a lot of skills through this unit such as using Microsoft Excel to analyze data and making graphs, and also I have gained more experience on my presentation skills of presenting things to others.

Design Cycle #1 Reflection

Define and Inquire

Yay: what will you repeat?

I would like to repeat the reflecting process for furthermore design problems. I think that when I receive feedback from my peers I can reflect and improve my design.

 

Nay: what will you avoid?

I would like to avoid being less limited to define and inquire about my problem. I would also avoid by looking in my own design, and for next time I think I could identify more similar products or solution to the problem.

Develop and Plan

 

Which iteration strategy did you use? Would you use it again? Why/why not?

In my design, I received a bunch of feedback and changed my idea and solution based on my feedback. I improved the idea by adding more detailed information and also changes in the design that would make it better. I would definitely use this strategy again because I think it is a very efficient and helpful way to improve.

 

What did you enjoy in the planning stage?

I enjoyed the planning stage of brainstorming ideas on the whiteboard and it really helped me to brainstorm interesting ideas.

 

How will you better include concepts from responsive design in your next challenge?

In my future designs, I will focus more on how my design makes this world a better place. Although this wasn’t a major aspect of this project, I didn’t really consider the balance of the benefits of my design and the consequences it insists on the economy, environment, and the people.

 

What does your poster show about you as a learner?

My poster is very simplistic, it shows that I always want to make my work simplistic – easy to understand and appealing to the eyes. Furthermore, my poster is very organized, it also demonstrates that I am a very organized person.

Design Reflection for Egypt

Describe the changes you made during the presentation session:

During the first presentation 1 to 1, when I presented to my partner when I finished my presentation, I realize that I finished a bit too fast, and my partner gave me some suggestions, that could make my presentation longer. I added some ideas of how my solution solves my problem.

What goals have you set?

Content goals:

Maybe adding a bit more how does my solution solves the problem and how does it work.

Communication goals:

From my feedback, my partners said that I should have more pauses and look less on the poster and having more eye contact. I would look more to the audience and may have a louder voice to the audience as well.

“Throw a Ball”

From this activity I learned that how functions can relate to real life problems, and how it works. Also the ball can not follow the functions that it could include some prediction error. From algebra i we learned how to create quadratic functions and how does it relate to this problem. To connect to the concept from algebra i I can solve the max and the min height for the problem.

In our group we worked efficiently and we got our work done. Our greatest challenge was to use LoggerPro and find our equations and how to use it. We could improve our communication for each other. If I could differently I would change some ways of throwing the ball.

One Day Photography Reflection

 

The inspirations of these photos just came up into my head. In the second picture, I did a lot of editing, for example, changing the filters, the exposure, and the lighting. From this one day, I did well on making edits and changes for making the photo into a better one. I learned that taking a photo requires a lot of time, it is not just simply take one, but it requires the change between ISO, the focus of the picture, and also how important are the edit is. I faced a lot of challenges, for example, not finding a good angle to take the photos, and how the movement of objects affect the image to change. I overcome these challenges by finding a good angle, and a different perspective, and sometimes taking photos when the object is moving or still. One Day is important because it taught me how to take better photos in the future and how to improve editing skills.