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As you go forward in your project, it is important to occasionally reflect on the work you have done. Think critically about the experiences you have had, the decisions you have made, and design you have produced. Enjoy the high points. Think through the low points. Ask yourself what worked and what didn't, and think how you might respond differently the next time you work through a similar situation. Take a hard look at whether you are on track to meet your project goals, and if not, think about how you can catch up. The purpose of reflection is to connect your experiences in EPICS with your broader learning. 

You will have two types of reflection required of you: Weekly reflections and Final Reflection. The weekly reflections should be thought through and a paragraph should be written in your notebook. Some suggested questions for self reflection are listed below. The Final Reflection document will be completed at the end of the semester.


Questions of the Week

  • Week 1:
    • What are my goals this semester in EPICS?
    • What are my biggest fears about being in EPICS?
    • Why did I enroll in EPICS this semester?
  • Week 2/3:
    • What do I know about my project partner?
    • What do I need to know to be a better designer for my project partner?
    • What larger need is my project partner addressing?
    • How can I help address my project partner’s need?
    • What do I think they need most? Does that match what we are doing?
  • Week 4:
    • What did I learn from the Intro to Design lectures that I can apply to my project?
    • Do we have a good plan for executing our project goals this semester?
    • How was the documentation left from last semester? Did I help write it? If it needs to be improved, what specific steps can I take to improve it?
  • Week 5:
    • What stage of the design process is my project in? Do I think we have addressed all of prior stages appropriately?
    • What other tools or strategies can I use or do I need to improve my design?
  • Week 6:
    • How can I improve my oral or written communication skills?
  • Week 8:
    • How i my team functioning? What are we doing well? How can we improve?
      • What can I do to improve how my team is functioning?
      • What other resources (inputs/skills) do I/we need to address any issues that we are having?
  • Week 9:
    • How has feedback from the Design Review impacted my design?


Final Reflection

The final reflection is due Week 15, and can be submitted directly to your TA by email or placed in a OneNote notebook on SharePoint.


For two of the four areas below, critically reflect about what you have learned in that area this semester. Each reflection should address the following questions and contain at least 300 words.

Guided Questions for the Reflection:

  • What did I learn?
  • How did I learn it?
  • Why does the learning matter?
  • What will/could I or others do in light of this learning?

Four Areas (Choose Two):

  1. Personal and Professional Development: What did you learn about who you are (your strengths, weaknesses, assumptions, skills, convictions, etc.) and who you want to become, personally or professionally?
  2. Social Impact: What did you learn about the broader impacts of your work and how you and others can affect change locally and/or globally? What did you learn about the community, the needs, and/or the quality of the service provided?
  3.  Acade mic Enhancement: What did you learn related to your discipline and how was that enhanced by the service-learning context? What did you learn about Human-Centered Design?
  4. Ethics: What you have learned about professional ethics, the ethical issues you encountered in your team and your project, and how decisions regarding ethical issues are made individually and as a team?