Learning from Students: Reflections from personal magazines in basic design course

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Koray Gelmez Humanur Bagli


Reflective writing is an efficient way of getting feedback
from students. Paper-based or web-based course
evaluation questionnaires alone may lack of collecting
specific and detailed information, especially for the fields
like design education. This study focuses on reflections
captured from students via two different media – personal
magazine and online questionnaire – in 2012 Spring
Semester conducted in Basic Design II in the Department
of Industrial Product Design at Istanbul Technical University
(ITU), Turkey. Throughout the semester, each student was
encouraged to write a diary weekly and expected to
submit a photocopied page of it to reflect freely their
impressions about the course and their experiences,
written or visual, or both. At the end of the semester,
students were expected to submit their diaries in the form
of personal magazines. This data is valuable to see the
development of the student in terms of design awareness
and perceptions about the course specifically. Moreover, a
specific web-based questionnaire is prepared and
delivered to students in order to see the general
tendencies about the course. Based on these data, we
explore how we can learn and benefit from students’
reflections for Basic Design course mechanism and design

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GELMEZ, Koray; BAGLI, Humanur. Learning from Students: Reflections from personal magazines in basic design course. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, [S.l.], v. 20, n. 1, feb. 2015. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/DATE/article/view/2019>. Date accessed: 25 mar. 2023.
design education, basic design, industrial design, reflective writing, writing-to-learn, learning