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Future planning and peer reviewing

This week I started some activities with my students to get them to plan for their future and become more critical of their own work.

Future Planning

I developed a questionnaire called ‘Become a better designer‘ which contains a number of questions that can be answered with yes/no. The questions are designed to make the students aware of activities they could do to make them better designers and also improve their employability.

Some sample questions are:

  1. Do you have a portfolio that you could show at short notice if a job offer came up tomorrow?
  2. Do you have a website or blog, and is it up to date?
  3. Do you use social media networks for building your own personal learning network / network of business contacts?

After the questions is a table for creating an action plan, with a column for action points and a column for a target date. Once the students answer the questions they then write some action points and set themselves some targets for completion.

The necessity of planning for their future was highlighted this week when a job offer DID come into the college and several students had to hastily pull together a portfolio at the last minute.

Procrastination – the thief of opportunity!

Peer Review

Also this week the students are preparing for peer reviewing their colleagues work. Although we often do this in critique sessions, this time we’re using a form that asks the student to self-review their own work before it is handed to a classmate to review. The peer review is confidential (unless the peer reviewer is happy to make it public) and they may comment on any aspect of the work and also decide whether it is sufficient work to achieve a pass. Finally the work is reviewed by an assessor and an assessment decision made.

I’m hoping this will encourage the students to take more responsibility for the quality of their work and spur them on to try and do more than the minimum for a pass.

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