FMP Week 7 : FMP Workshop 2. Reflective Practitioner

FMP Workshop 2, held in 1st July 2015 at Communication Design Studio. Andy talked about types of notes we have created to record important things we found during research. It doesn’t matter if it is only writings on the notebook or even serious drawing notes with colours and everything, using traditional notebooks or digital devices, as long as it helps us understand or recall our knowledge of the research easier. Notes are like a summary of our research. A short cut to understand our research. If we need to look back on what we have found during research, we don’t have to dig into hundreds of articles, or journals that we have gathered earlier.

I, myself, usually use writing notes. But I always admire sketch notes. Looking at sketch notes, or journal arts produce by my colleagues or on the internet are like watching art exhibits. They are fun to read and easy to understand. This type of notes, I believe will help me improve my learning process, and at the end will also improve my works. In the future, I will use sketch note more frequently as my everyday learning device.

Here is a link on how to create visual notes.

We also learn to build our reflective reports that day. The main concern is that we have been producing reports that do not really reach expectations regarding our level of education. In that case, we later learn how to create a proper reflective report.

As graduates of high education level, we entitled to become reflective practitioners, who are capable to look back at the works we have done, and the work process, also consider how we can improve. We are capable to reflect on the work we have done. Improvement is the key. We cannot be happy to carry on at the current standards.

One method can be considered to create reports. We can use DIEP model, which are Describe, Interpret, Evaluate, and Plan. To describe is just to tell what we did, heard and saw. To interpret is to tell what we did, heard and saw, and what we learn from that. Does it connect with other learning, how you feel about it. Make a hypothesis or conclusion about it. To evaluate is to make opinions about the experience and the value of it and why is it valuable or not. The last one is to plan. What would you do with the experience and how we use the experience to help us in the future of our course, program, career, or life in general.


On a test we conducted in the studio, we found that a high percentage of the students wrote description parts rather than interpret, evaluate, and plan. That happens to me too. Therefore, students are encouraged to create reports that consist small part of descriptions, interpretations, and evaluation, and add a large part of future planning, as that is the formula to create a proper reflective report.



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