How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
I communicated my experience as a Hong Konger quite well. The piece showed Hong Kong and the relationship between the protagonist and Hong Kong through the illusion of a journey through the cave. We included a lot of the famous sights of HK, such as the busses, the city views, busy streets, and the caves deep in the forests. We put ourselves into the shoes of the character while creating the video and gave the character emotions that we had when visiting those places.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
Our group chose a topic that we were interested in. Expanded on the idea and made it into an outline for the project without the help of teachers. Then we broke down the tasks into smaller ones and assigned them to the most suitable people for the job. For example, in our video, we needed visuals and background music. Since Lavanya was good at making mashups, she was assigned to work on the music while Zoey and I worked on the drawings which we later broke down into even smaller tasks such as sketching and coloring, etc… We were able to put our time management and orgizationation skills at use.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
We were able to create artworks based on our own interests and work on it with the pace that was the most suitable for us. In school, we were always given a topic, with no guaranteed that it’s going to appeal to us, to work on. Being able to choose our own topic gives the students other motivations other than getting a good grade. Also, everyone has their own strength and weaknesses. Letting the students manage more time on their weaknesses not only helps them improve but it also levels ups the quality of their artwork. Not only that, interdisciplinary programs allow us to improve our creative problem-solving skills. For instance, originally, we were planning to make a short animation video. However, we knew we didn’t have the time for that, so, instead, we drew the basic storyline out and made background music to go along with it to make it more complete. Another example might that one of our groupmate left us in the middle of creating our project, leaving us to cover her part. We quickly sorted the stuff out and got back on track.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
Even though the interdisciplinary unit has lots of benefits, there are also some limitations such as students’ time management, and topic choice. Since it’s independent, the instructors can’t keep everyone on track since everyone has a different topic. The whole progress depends on the students’ own willingness which is a huge risk since some students are not as responsible as the others. Time management was hard for our group. There were too many tasks for us to complete and too little people since a group member left us after we set the criteria already. Everyone was on track but we still weren’t able to finish everything in time, so we worked on it at home for hours. Choosing the topic and convincing everyone is hard too. Normally, the teacher would just choose a topic for us and we would be forced to work on it; but in the interdisciplinary unit, we have to come up with our own idea which was challenging since we haven’t done it in so long. Convincing others are even harder. Everyone had their own ideas on what to do.
Grade yourself using the IDU Specifications. Easy if you have followed the above instructions!
|Communication of the interdisciplinary theme.|
|Personal success as a interdisciplinary learner.|
|Benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.|
|Limitations of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.|
Self assess using the Crit. C rubric (question 1) *
Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) *
8 (All excellent)