Alison Fernandes

Major Contributions

I created the page and worked on the concept mashup for our group Sanson.
My contribution to the concept mashup
- The definition of cyberethics
- How the three topics relate to each other.
- I helped create the chart.

I also worked on the Final concept mashup for our group Sanson
My contribution for the final concept mashup
- the Introduction for the essay
- Paragraphs on the Digital divide
- Cyberethics and the mashup for digital divide and cyberethics

Minor contributions

- I created the banner for the group Sanson.
- I uploaded images for the Sanson concept mashup page as well as the final concept mashup.
- I created links to external pages for the words plagiarism, fraud, identity theft, women and teens being stalked and harrased in India
- I provided feedback to the following groups
Mix and Mash
Still Thinking

April 11th

- I provided feeback for the following groups
Team work
Brush and Listerine
Harvey Birdman and Associates
- Added infomation and made minor edits to Sanson Learning Object proposal
- I created links to the Lectures and Reading page from the Learning Journal Discussion page
- I created a Table of contents for Bluetooth
- I created a Table of contents for catch27

Reflection (March 6th)

1. In providing feedback for the mashups, how did you decide on which proposal(s) to write about?
I chose to provide feedback to groups that I had knowledge about in one or two of the topics they were elaborating on. My main goal was see if I understood what they were trying to prove in their mashup and whether or not it was clear to me in the way they defined terms and put things together. In this way, if there was something missing which would add to their explanations, if there was something I did not understand because it was vague or if I had another route they could look into for the mashup, I provided my feedback to that group.

2. By reading and evaluating other's work, what did you learn about your own work?
By reading and evaluating other people’s work, I was able to see how other people were thinking, making links between various concepts and working their way through the mashup.

I thought providing feedback after the assignment was complete rather than people editing the assignment while the group was still working on it, was a very good idea. It allowed me to see where I went wrong and what other people thought of my work as opposed to other people changing what I have written without me being aware of the changes.

3. How did the feedback provided by others effect your work?
Reading my own work later, I realized that there was more than one -way of looking at our mashup. At first, I was determined that the three topics given to us were completely different from one another and could not be mashed together. However, after reading and evaluating other people’s work I began to think about my own and decided to try and somehow combine all three topics together.

In my opinion, lilyphu provided the best feedback. Not only did he or she give us his or her opinion on which topics we should mashup together, however, he or she also related it to theirs and gave us some useful links. Most of the feedback we received was complements on format or reiteration of questions that we already posed.

4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of feedback loop.
The advantages of providing feedback is to help the person think in a very different way that they may have overlooked or maybe something they never thought off. It is always useful to have someone read over ones work in order to get a different perspective and see if the ideas presented make sense.

The disadvantages of providing feedback is heavy criticism. It is never easy when someone criticizes ones work especially when the individual who has produced the work has spent time and effort working on it. Criticism is useful if it provokes thinking, however, it is useless if they are just comments.

5. Anything you think is relevant to this feedback process and possible improvements.
I think there should be a specific rubric people need to follow while providing feedback. It would definitely provide depth to the feedback people are providing groups.

The wikispace is not new to me. I have used it previously for my other courses as well. I think the wikispace is a good way to share information and interesting finds on the Internet with ease. Unlike other projects, I found that it was much easier for my group and I to edit and work on our project when we were unable to meet up because of conflicts in our schedules. We each posted what we found on the wikispace and were able to provide feedback and edit one anothers work almost immediately without having to meet up. I enjoy working on the space and i think it is extremely effective for collaboration and doing group work.

Reflection (April 11th)

I think the wiki space is a great tool for collaborating and learning. However, I do think that it gets extremely hard, especially mid way towards the end of the course to continually post stuff on the space. Although it is a great learning tool, as a graded assignment, where one is marked on the contributions one makes to the space on a regular basis, to me is not very convenient. I am the type of person that likes to spend time working on an assignment for a couple of weeks but then I want to hand it in and be done with. It gets harder to find time to post things on the space with the combination of workload from other classes.

Overall, I enjoyed the projects we had to do in this class especially the flash project. I definitely learnt a lot more about flash than I did going into the class.