Alex Au

Major Contributions

Minor Contributions

March 6th
  1. In providing feedback for the mashups, how did you decide on which proposal(s) to write about?
    The proposal I choose to feedback on were based on the topics that really interested me, and I also tried to pick one from each lab. The groups that I gave feedback on inlcudes:
    Team TBA (lab 1), Team Flying Aces (lab 2) and Team D-Frost (lab 3)
  2. By reading and evaluating other's work, what did you learn about your own work?
    From reading others work, I learned that our group lacked a solid connection between the three topics. We had several good connections but they weren't as solid as some of the other groups. Some groups did really well in brainstorming ideas. They drew out charts and diagrams, which I think our group could have benefited from in terms of coming up with the right ideas.
  3. How did the feedback provided by others effect your work?
    The feedbacks provided by others were very useful (Thanks to those would took the time). Most feedbacks mentioned about the lack of visuals on our page and hence in the end we provided several visuals that were useful. Also, several of the feedback talked about the difference between the global divide and the digital divide, which wasn't really well explained in the interim proposal, but was revised in the final report.
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of feedback loop.
    The advantage is obviously that you receive different feedbacks from different people who might has different ideas as to how you can improve your report. However, that only happens if people really take the time to read and provide valuable feedback to your report. Otherwise, you will generally receive the same feedbacks from different people as they will only read what others wrote on their feedback to you and retouch on those very same ideas.
  5. Anything you think is relevant to this feedback process and possible improvements.
    I think this feedback process is very well. It gives the groups a look at some of the different view of their classmates, and most importantly they can point some of the important points that could have been missed by the group. This is very much like a peer-editing process that might happen when you write an essay and have your peers to edit it to pick out different mistakes and provide different ideas that might work better.

For April 11th - any new observations and thoughts from March 6 (150-250 words)

This is the 4th time I've worked with a wikispace, and I think I can say that this space has been the most fun and useful. The idea of providing feedbacks to others project is very useful. By providing feedbacks, students can learn more about others project and prove their thoughts for improvements. Not only that, but groups can also learn about their strengths and weaknesses which is important because sometimes groups themselves don't realize them. Although it is not required, but I think students contribution to study notes and lecture follow ups are very kind and useful. There is so much to study that sometimes you just wish someone would summarize everything for you. Thats what some students have done and I thank them for that. I think FAQs are very useful as well. Overall, I think this wikispace has been very useful and fun to build. Students not only post useful stuff, but sometimes also interesting links as well like videos and website.