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DFA: Facilitating Critiques

DFA: Facilitating Critiques in Design of Learning Environments 351 S15

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Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Client final evaluation

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Deliverable (Lesson/Prototype) 4

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Test with Learners (2)

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Technical spike: Impact map

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Product Ad Project Value Proposition

3 years ago ·

Stand for Wednesday, May 13

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
We learned DFA nationals would like an assessment to track that teams do critiques; The best way to disseminate our guide is putting it on LOFT
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
Met with client& have a concrete deliverable plan for the final prototype
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
We are still waiting on our coach feedback but we are emailing him again with our most recent draft
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Completing and turning in Impact Map pt. 2 and Service Blueprint; Having an updated master doc
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
Figuring out OmniGraffle, Having difficulty with formatting for Impact Map. We will be patient!

Michelle Wantuch

1. What are we doing really well?

We are learning about our user through testing and interviews instead of just making assumptions. We are also continually changing our scope and prototypes based on new findings and feedback.

2. Where do we need to be better?

We could be better at figuring out what we want our final prototype to look like (not specifics, but just a general idea).

3 years ago ·

Stand for Tuesday, May 5

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
We observed a DFA critique session and got to understand who is part of DFA.
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
We got in contact with our coach and are thinking about how to narrow our scope. We have meetings set up to reflect on our user test. We worked on our client presentation.
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
We have not met with Rob. Other than that, we are meeting goals. We realized there are a lot of things we are going to have to consider out of scope.
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Understand Rob's Critiques and integrate into prototype 3. We need to re-evaluate our scope. We need to update our impact map. The service blueprint will be completed.
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
There are a lot of things people should learn prior to enter the critique session, but we do not have control over that like how to present and how to give feedback. Another challenge is how to create something helpful for NU but generalizable to all DFAs.

Stand for Friday, May 1

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
We met with a student from RPI and learned about how a studio functions outside of NU.
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
Finally met with another DFA chapter!; created prototype 2; discussed how to user test
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
Yes! Completed all challenges and our own goals (eg, meet with another DFA chapter, incorporate feedback given to us into the prototype; made a more user friendly prototype with actual steps)
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Collect user test data and reflect on this data by completing the user test challenge. Also, meet with Rob to discuss his feedback on prototype 2 next week.
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
Not understanding Rob's feedback. We are currently in contact to set up a meeting with him to discuss this.

Robert Calvey

Hey team,

I have uploaded two files to your tab, one has my comments on your first prototype to look over. Some of the comments may have questions so please email me if you are confused, or we can find a time later this week to meet if you'd prefer.

The second is the email that DFA Virginia Tech sent to their teams before the mid-term crit to give you a sense of what the studio sends out as prep work. Alot of the prep work was communicated in the meeting before, not in an email. I would suggest asking Justin, Tommy, or Mia to see what their prep-work email looks like since they have a crit this weekend!

3 years ago ·

Michelle Wantuch - Hi Rob, Thanks for the comments. We'd love to meet sometime later on Friday to go over the comments because we have quite a few questions. What time works for you? Also, we have gotten the email that NU uses, but thought that there were points that were good to add to the email. For what you have said, it seems like you'd rather us include this extra information in a meeting vs. the email. Is that correct? Lastly, are these comments from you or Giselle? Thanks!

3 years ago

Michelle Wantuch - Hi! Just wanted to see if you had seen the above message. What day next week works for us to meet? Thanks!

3 years ago

Michelle Wantuch

Hey everyone,

We are currently uploading prototype 2 to the files tab. Below are some questions and concerns that we would like feedback on:

-We still need to get in contact with other schools ASAP. Help with this would be much appreciated.
-Intro letter in prototype 2 needs to be restructured (less wordy, maybe bullet points)?
-Shorter email from facilitator to DFA members somehow? (Maybe we can do two separate emails, one with general info and one only for project leads to set up LOFT crit pages)
-For the 5 minute setting expectations, we are still working on what points need to be included and how best to share this information. Any suggestions would be helpful. (This will also determine what is highlighted in the goodbye from studio leads.)
-Figure out how to post in summary tab under feedback tab. Also figure out if people need explanation on how to use the analysis tab.
-Do you want an incentive plan to keep people engaged with feedback after the crit session (see end of prototype 1 for ideas and suggestions)

Thanks! Let us know if you have any questions.

3 years ago ·

Michelle Wantuch - sorry, prototype 2 is under the challenge, not files tab

3 years ago

Robert Calvey - I'll put you in contact with Justin Lau Virginia Tech and Austin Chin from RPI. These schools are on semesters so they are coming up on finals but they may be able to get back to you soon.

3 years ago

Michelle Wantuch - Thanks Rob! When you get the chance, we'd also love feedback from you on prototype 2. Thanks again.

3 years ago

Daniel Rees Lewis

3 years ago ·

Daniel Rees Lewis

Hi Team

I've attached the crit powerpoint from when we gave a short 5 minute presentation to DFAers framing critique sessions. We did this before our first critique sessions. The goals of this presentation was to have project teams view critique as formative, that is designed to help (not assess) teams (because as students we're used to being assessed all of the time and might try and hide project issues to get a good grade). We also didn't want teams to spend ages preparing a presentation each week which would be a big waste of time - so we emphasized a low bar for presentations.

We also wanted to remind them how to give and receive critique as it is easy to make people defensive/become defensive (which doesn't help anyone). Anyway - hope this is helpful in some way.

3 years ago ·

Sarah Parker - Great--thanks! We are still thinking about how to frame the critique session and get students prepared. This will definitely inform our decision! We'll keep you updated if we have questions.

3 years ago

Sarah Parker

Hi Rob!

Thanks for your feedback on the Prototype 1 Shell. We'll be incorporating that + feedback from DFA members into Prototype 2. We haven't heard back from DFA at Virginia Tech---any advice on getting in touch with them?

3 years ago ·

Shoshana Shapiro

What are we doing well?
Sarah: complete shell, we have a sense of where we want the project go, reaching out
Michelle: coming up with a plan of what to do and looked ahead for how to actually accomplish good tasks, coming up with good ideas that is exciting people and making it fun
Shoshi: we have a great shell and I think we are finding stakeholders who are helping us and we are really taking advantage of them

Where do we need to be better?
Shoshi: dividing up responsibilities better and figuring out how to restructure meetings
Sarah: finding the more individual parts we can do on our own, going to be hard to cut things out
Michelle: same as above, pretty good state of project!

3 years ago ·

Shoshana Shapiro

3 years ago ·

Michelle Wantuch

3 years ago ·

Michelle Wantuch

Hi everyone,

We just finished out inception deck if you want to check it out in our files. Thanks!

3 years ago ·

Michelle Wantuch

Rob, We just want to double check about the scope. You don't want us to create a workshop for training about the nee guide, correct? We have lost a team member, so we might have a slightly smaller scope than before.

Main goals of scope for now:
-update guide content and visual
-incentive program or something to get studio leads to use the guide

3 years ago ·

Michelle Wantuch

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday

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