20.109(F12): Reflections

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20.109(F12): Laboratory Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

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Blogs have met a need to communicate in real time and along a wide variety of subjects. Since there are many aspects of biological engineering that are "works in progress" there is real value in capturing your impressions as learners in this field. Thus, we have started a 20.109 blog and you, as students in 20.109, are being asked to reflect on your work in this lab class and then share your impressions. The 20.109 blog offers a place where you can interact and discuss your views with other biological engineering students. By blogging you'll improve your own communication skills, and clarify your own ideas and learning. Ultimately the blog will be used to improve the class and to better train future cohorts of 20.109 students.

The assignment

Once each module you should post on the order of 250-300 words that capture your thinking as it relates to 20.109. To be real-time reflections, it is important that these posts be done once each module and they cannot be clumped at the end of the term. So if you miss a deadline, it cannot be "made up." You are, however, free to blog more often and on different topics that you find relevant. You are also welcome to comment on the blogs of others, within the restrictions noted below. These "extras" will be taken into account should you miss a posting deadline for some other reason.
At the end of the term, you should collect your posts into one document, re-read them all and then provide your summary reflections for the term. This is one of those rare opportunities when you are asked to emphasize your own growth and progress, where there is no right or wrong answer, and when you can appreciate anyone or anything that made difference. You should upload this final document to the Stellar site no later than the last day of the term.It is important that you name this summary file according to this convention: Firstinitial_Lastname_LabSection_Assignment.doc, for example: R_Reif_TR_BlogSummary.doc

Things you could blog about

  • Items you’ve read that are related to content in the class
  • Future directions you can imagine for the work
  • Exciting or unexpected results
  • Impressions about the assignments, lectures, structure of the class
  • Topics that connect class content to concerns/needs of your peers
  • your idea here...

On the assignments page, we have included a few possible topics for each blog post, but you are welcome to choose another topic if you feel more inclined to discuss it.

Things you can’t do

  • Publish MIT's logo since that might be construed as MIT endorsement of your views
  • Publish photographs with people’s names tagged
  • Publish rude or malicious comments/statements