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D is for Dreaded Research

Week 6’s lectorial was mostly based around the idea of using media for research.  It included a talk from the librarian on how to utilise the RMIT online library  as well as how to find primary, reliable sources which can prove to be difficult at times.  I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post my intense dislike for research tasks and writing up bibliographies; particularly annotated bibliographies (ew), so it was a good clump of useful information on how to minimise research time and find what’s needed as painlessly as possible.
Though, in regards to using media as a research tool, I think I can safely say that we are learning new things everyday through different forms of media.  Even if it is unconsciously, our minds are constantly doing little bits of research on what we perceive throughout the day.  We watch the news and learn something new about politics or another country.  We go to a restaurant and learn what foods are in a dish.  We read a book and maybe pick up new words.  Media never ceases to amaze me with it’s glaringly subtle influence on our lives.

Week 5 Readings

Week 5’s media lectorial covered our new project brief which is a similar idea to the last, but this time portraying someone we know rather than ourselves.  I’m pretty keen to get started.
This week’s readings had us looking at collaborative work and what makes an effective team.  The most interesting thing I recall reading came from Jean Tabaka, 2006, ‘What are collaborative teams?’ Collaboration explained: Facilitation skills for software project leaders, Upper Saddle River, NJ : Addison-Wesley, pp.23-43.
It describes, in depth, what personalities are needed to be assigned together in order to make a ‘high-performance’ team using William Moulton Marston’s D.I.S.C.

D= the dominant one/the leader

I= Focuses on all the possibilities (the what-ifs) and new visions and alternatives

S= Builds the relationship amongst the team, stable team member

C= Checks all facts and figures on ideas and analyses with attention to detail

It goes on to talk about how any team with an uneven balance of these four roles can throw off the balance in one way or another and therefore make a less effective collaborative team.
I found it an interesting read; probably the most interesting reading so far.

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