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3…2…1.. ACTION!

Hey there!

Even though, the course is almost over, our to do list is longer than ever! 
Preparing storyboards, deciding for techniques, making appointments for recording the voiceover, writing reports aaaaand so on… it’s really a LOT to do!

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But starting from the beginning: As we had all our content from the syllabus and our research together, we started making decisions on what we want to show and explain in the video and what is not that important and should just be mentioned in the report, which we’re giving to our NGO. Even though, we had some discussions on the exact content, this was one of the easier steps. 

We elaborated a script with the content for the narration and started brainstorming on how we could visualize it - what was not easy! 

Firstly, we decided to use Prezi and Screencasts to make a very informative video, but then we had another hangout with Nancy, where we got piles of inspiring ideas, so we blew our prior idea off and started all over, in order to communicate our advice in a more „entertaining“ and storytelling way, by using Maarten’s shoes (or at least a pair, which could be his), to show, that we stepped into them, when working on the challenge, trying to see the things as he does to meet his expectations as well as possible! 

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source - NO, those are not Maarten’s shoes! 

We also made slight changes concerning our techniques: we added Stop Motion for the shoes and animated screenshots (?! - sorry for my not really professional expressions, but I had and still have not much of an idea about videos and how to make them, except from just pressing the button with the red circle on a camera) to “show” our ideas while explaining them.

After that we did some research on storyboards, also by watching the videos in the week’s syllabus, and started designing ours, in order to get a better idea of what our advice-video will look like. But this assignment took us ages, as we couldn’t decide which option would work best or which technique would look better… 

But somehow, we’ve managed to finish our storyboard and it doesn’t even look that bad! When we checked it with our tutors, we had to make some small changes to make our video more „human“ (= VERY easy to understand). So we tried to explain each of our steps very precisely, but because of this we also had to make some cutbacks in the introduction, to keep the time limit. 

All in all, I was really satisfied with our preparation work, but now it is about to realize it, what will be even more difficult as the steps we’ve taken before… 

But I think it’s mostly about organization, to succeed: to schedule enough time, to have the right technical devices, the requisites, enough helping hands and a nice voice (which will be provided by Jennifer).

Looking back at the video making process, we’ve made so far, it’s been interesting, as I haven’t experienced this work before, but it was also a lot of work with even more little „design“-decisions to make, which we haven’t really thought of before. Though, in the end, I really enjoyed the process and can’t wait to see the end result of our work and our NGO’s feedback on it!

But now, I have to go back to work - see you soon!

 

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from the periphery to the core!

Hello hello!

As this week’s syllabus is already the last one dealing with content for the video, it’s time to look back at the previous lessons and reflect on what I’ve learned so far. 

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When I started this course my technological knowledge was not really existing, but after hours, of confusion and also confusiasm,  learning about technological stewardship, online tools and structure, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, marketing, the communities out there and much more - I’d say that I know pretty much about this issue now (I’d give my online-community-knowledge now a 6 on a scale from 1 to 10, as there’s still a huge terrain to discover and always a little more space to improve ;-) ).

But the main thing that I’ve learned about online communities is, how online communities influence the daily life. They’re not only nice for the daily portion of entertainment, but also for work, to connect and reach out for specialists, or join an online community to discuss a certain issue and get other peoples’ opinion. So online communities have a, for me, unexpected wide use and different purposes, which can be really helpful and supporting, but also, when it comes to sharing the beloved kitten videos, a little bit distracting. 

I also found out, what I have to pay attention to, when it comes to designing an online community: the most important part is to encourage people to contribute and join the community, as well as to convince them to be proactive and ask, if they have any questions. (Remember my blogpost „wanted - online tools for dummies“? - I really had to laugh when I found this, while doing my research about encouraging people to participate to an online community!! )

Furthermore it is very important to keep the online space as simple as possible, like having an easy to use commenting or chatting tool, a good structure, not too much information per site and a clear and „primitive“, but still professional layout.

As we’ve now gathered so much information on online communities, I’d like to spend some more time applying this knowledge, so as to contribute and become an active part of an online community. 

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As Nancy explained in our last hangout - there is the periphery (ca. 90% of the community) who are just observing the discussion, while the other 10%, called „the core“ are producing the main content of it. ( I think this is called the „legitimate peripheral participation“). And that’s what I want to do next: get more effective and active, find communities I can join and be a part of, with the target to make the step from the periphery to the core, because as I’ve learned in the last month - there’s a lot of useful stuff out there, just waiting for you to come and pick it up.

so, what are we waiting for? - let’s go!

Thanks for reading!

 

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all about the crowd…

Hoi!

This week it’s been all about crowd funding and crowdsourcing.

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Even though I already knew some things about these topics from my prior education, I think that talking about these issues never gets boring!

The first time I heard about crowdsourcing, was in my marketing class in high school and since then it totally got me… 

I think it’s a great idea to ask many people/ an online community for their opinion, ideas or content, because you don’t only get some nice ideas, you’ll also get a better insight on what the majority of your customers is into. And you don’t even have to pay a lot or hire a dedicated professional for this, because there is always a high number of people willing to contribute!

Lego, for example, set up a crowd sourcing site, on which you can design your personal Lego-set or vote for your favorite one. If a set-idea gets over 10.000 supporters, it will be obtained by a review board and might be produced. And if it makes it to a official lego product, you will get 1% of the total net sales! Awesome, huh? Give it a try!

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Crowdfunding wasn’t actually on our high school - curriculum, but I stumbled upon it, while I was working on my graduation project (I developed a new travel gadget and set up a production and marketing plan, collaborating with an international advertisement agency). We also thought about realizing this project and raising the seed capital via crowd funding (indiegogo). I really liked the idea, because it is a nice way to put your dreams and visions into action. You don’t need contacts or to get a mortgage to realize your project - all you need is a good idea and a crowd seeing merit in backing your project.

This way of financing also decreases the risks for an individual, as you get just a little amount of money from (hopefully) many people, and you can simultaneously raise awareness for your project and build a customer base!

So when it comes to me, I’d totally use crowdfunding in my future as a designer (?! - who knows what the future brings).

But I’d restrict my use of crowdsourcing, because, as I mentioned in my previous blog, I don’t like to work with too many people. Though, I’d love to crowd source for feedback, advice on how to improve the idea I developed with my small(er) team and to see, how customers like it. This way you can make use of the advantages of crowdsourcing: saving time and money.

And maybe, if that goes well, I’d also consider using crowdsourcing to gather ideas, like LEGO did, by just letting them try and play around and then decide, if a smaller team should elaborate the idea.

You can find many more crowd sourcing facts and examples HERE! (I really like this site!!)

So, which one is YOUR  favorite example? Why?
I’m burning to hear about it!

See ya!

Maggie

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distracting from distractions or “de-distract” – GROUP WORK

So.. this is already week five of our project…wow… means that we’re half way there…but really? are we?

I’d say this week was the most informative one - I/ we’ve learned about user habits, commenting tools, more about online structure, food security and also about this week’s topic: group work and group sizes. Dealing with this issue, it’s also time to reflect on it:

Our Group…

…is good at…

being flexible. In my previous team-work experience, it’s always been hard to schedule a meeting or set deadlines, because no one wants to sacrifice free time, cancel meetings with friends or a sports class. But not this time - we’ve even managed to have a hangout, about which we were informed just 40 minutes before it started.  - That was really amazing!

The communication is another thing, which works well in our group. Though, we just switched to  SLACK (thanks for the recommendation, Nancy!), what makes it way more easy to organize things, but is also another platform to log in and check regularly, our team has adapted to that change really quickly! GO Matrix!

…still struggles with…

the waste of important meeting time. Maybe it’s because we’re just girls in our group, that we get distracted that easily. But we also waste a lot of time waiting for people who are late, or won’t come at all, what is not really lifting the mood of the ones who are waiting.

…has five members!

Even though we’re a smaller group than the others, it’s still challenging to stay focused. We were thinking about splitting up in groups of two and three, to break the problem into edges (as Chris Corrigan suggested), but the risk of getting distracted and having no one to keep track on the work in one of the smaller groups, was, in our group, considered as too high. 

So, I have to disagree with Mr. Corrigan, that just groups of more than five have a hard time getting creative. - I’d say that also five people are still too many to be really productive/ creative.

But, somehow, we will also learn how to get the best out of a group of five - and maybe we can then experience „the energy“ which groups of five are supposed to have (as an odd number).

cultural differences? Ooooh yes! 

Especially when it comes to timeliness and seriousness, I (we) had to realize the cultural differences within our group:

Business before pleasure is, for example, my work-motto, It’s in my nature to save chit-chat for later and use the time as effective as possible. But working with people from all over the world made me understand: other cultures have other priorities. Though it took us a while, we have finally found a compromise and a nice time during our meetings, making the work fun!

WE should work on:

I’d consider avoiding any more waste of time as the most important challenge for us.To use the time better and make more out of our meetings - Because, as Maria mentioned in her Blog - time passes by fast! 

Maybe we can use therefor one of our strengths: getting distracted easily - To distract us with a distraction from the actual distraction back to the work. :)

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or what are YOU doing when one of your team members gets distracted?

stay tuned!

- M. 

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like a fly on the online network wall

Hello again,

during my last years of studies, one issue kept and is still keeping on crossing my way: the one and only „Networks“.  While dealing with this topic, I stumbled across this really nice and interesting article, which I want to share with you!

In the text it says, that…

Instant Messages and Facebook are seen as important tools for feeling involved with friend’s lives and keeping up-to-date with their activities,

what describes exactly how I feel about it.

So, I would consider myself as a „passive“ (me/ individual) network user, what means, that I (mostly) just go online to gather information about a certain topic, like I’m currently searching my way through the web, especially through some DIY enthusiasts-networks, to figure out how we can repair our broken washing machine, or to get inspiration for a homework by, who would have guessed that, googling the issue. 

Of course, I also enjoy watching funny videos and skimming through my friends’ facebook timelines to be, even from a long distance, informed about their latest occurrences and see how they are doing.

But I, for one, am not a posting-type, as I am aware of the fact, that everything you put online will stay there forever and can never be fully deleted, whether it’s a picture from a crazy- wild party night, in which you got tagged or an inappropriate comment you’ve made years ago on a friend’s post.

 …it’s kind of like breaking your mom’s favorite vase - you can „hide“ it on your timeline, but one day she’ll find the fragments…

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(i know this example sucks a little, but it was the first one popping up in my head)

So I am neither a member of a special, bounded group, nor am I interacting with people from the Network (except from some friends with whom I’m texting via free online communication tools, like WhatsApp, to keep in touch). I just enjoy the, for me, highly valuable, as well as comfortable way of information procurement.

This way I am like a fly on the wall, collecting information and trying not to attract attention or break vases.

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…bsssssssssee you!

 

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*pop* Brain Popcorn *pop*

hi there!

writing this blog (first one ever!) has been one of the biggest challenges for me recently, as I’m used to think very carefully about the things I share with others - I guess that’s because I’m just too scared of making mistakes or saying something considered as stupid, strange or arrogant and being judged because of that …

but facing this blogging challenge - I really do like challenges! - I’ll try to share my thoughts with you (just as they pop up in my head *pop*)

talking about things I like: I really do like learning, preferably about the most different topics and from the most diverse people possible. Online communities are a great place to implement that, even though you have to get some experience,  once you know which way the wind blows it’s like an extension for your brain, including different points of view, answers to questions you may not know/have yet, or just feedback on an idea - awesome, huh? 

*pop*

ideas.. that’s also what we want to deliver to our NGO „conceptmaker“ at the end of this term - I’d really like to surprise our „client“ with a creative, innovative and effective solution which is easy to realize - but there’s some work to do until we get there and that can be really exhausting, if it’s not well organized. 

But that’s where my skills are in demand: i love organizing, making schedules for meetings, dividing tasks and planning dead lines to keep a project on track - that’s kind of my passion and what I’ll contribute to the awesome group six - matrix.

*pop*     *pop*       *pop*

matrix.. a nice movie - anybody want some popcorn?

cheers, Mags

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