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October 20, 2009

Mini project one

Our first mini-project has done!  Paul said all the groups did well and I totally agree with that.  Before that, I thought doing presentation on the same topic for 4 teams would be a waste of time.  This was because all materials we based on usually found from the library database search engine.  I read blogs from others that contain information which I have found the same source on the web.  Thus, what I expect for the presentation would be quite similar for every group.  To my surprise, there were lots of differences in the outcome.  I start looking forward to the other mini-projects.

Apart from learning the exact knowledge about ISO, EFQM, audit and self-assessment, etc., we got feedback from Paul about our presentation skills and things to notice when making our powerpoint.

Actually, I did learn from my teammates.  One of my problem in making presentation in front of the class is that I can't do it without notecards.  I try to write only the main points in my card and expect myself to elaborate two to three lines more about the topic but I can't do it.  What is in my mind is quite striaghtforward, that's why I can't elaborate when doing presentation.  I find difficulty in elaborating myself when writing, too.  Can the reason be that I don't have enough knowledge about the topic? I read a lot and have much information in fact.  But the way my mind works is just too straightforward.  I can't explain that and I try to find way to improve.  Thus, I am very attentive when others are doing their presentation and I hope I can learn the way they develop their points.  Actually, I realize this problem long time ago.  Can anyone give me some advice?

Right, my group did spend too much time on the mini-project one.  So, gotta start doing the others. See ya=]

Meetings, meetings, meetings!

Yesterday, the ''official'' CBE module week began.  We started by doing a role play.  Each of us had a role, that is to be one of the managers of a hotel.  In the meeting, we got lots to discuss.  This was interesting.  I couldn't imagine that we actually escaped from the classroom and felt like in the scenario.

I used to have meetings in my previous university life because I was the committee member of several clubs.  I enjoyed having meetings with my friends and our efficiency was high.  Thus, I believe that meetings were quite simple for me.  Moreover, our teams had meetings for several times last week for the mini-projects.  I thought we can communicate quite well and the task would be easy for us.  However, yesterday in my group, we did not manage the time well and could not able to finish what we had to do.  I started to reflect on this and tried to figure out the reasons.

One of the main reason for that was the role of the chairperson was not clear enough.  In meetings, we should agree to have a leader to control, to take to lead to the discussion and to manage the time.  Everyone of us got a lot we want to discuss.  We all came together at the beginning of the meeting without knowing the things in others' mind.  So, a solution to that is to set an agenda and set a time limit for every item.

At the end of the activity, Paul asked as to give feedback to our colleague.  He was right, this is a safe environment to learn.  We did give contructive comments for our friend.  I hope what we gain from the role play can be put into practice, espectially for our mini-projects.  Actually, I wish to be the chairperson and hear feedback from my teammates.

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