8. Education in retrospect and life-long learning
The education in retrospect and life-long learning, reflection seminar in May 2016
In this seminar you will reflect on your whole education at KTH and on life-long learning.
Preparations for the reflection
- Read the qualitative targets (examensmålen) of the degree of master (120 credits).
- If you study master of science in engineering (civilingenjörsutbildning) you should also read the qualitative targets of the degree of master of science in engineering, further down on the same page as above.
- The last objective in the list is "demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning". With this objective in mind, look at this video.
Acquaint yourself with different forms of self-development during the professional career (follow the links and take a look):
- International associations for professional computer scientists: ACM, IEEE
- The Swedish association of graduate engineers
- KTH Alumni
- Postgraduate education institutes such as STF Ingenjörsutbildning and Utbildning.se
- Continuing professional development at KTH (only in Swedish)
- Commercial resources for computer scientists such as Microsoft TechNet
- Swedish adult educational associations such as ABF and Folkuniversitetet
The written reflection
Write a reflection document where you address the following points based on your preparations and your experience and expectations. The document should be 500-600 words.
- In this question you should choose to reflect either on the master's program or the master of science in engineering program (and state your choice).
Choose one objective from the qualitative targets for each of the sections Knowledge and understanding, Competence and skills and Judgement and approach. Reflect, for each of these objectives, on your own development with respect to the objective during your studies at KTH, how well you presently fulfill the objective, and which courses in your education that contributed most in order to help you fulfill the objective.
- Reflect on something that has been particularly good or useful in your education, and explain why.
- Could you suggest some improvements of the KTH education that you soon (or in a year) will have completed?
- Will you be a fully qualified computer scientist when leaving KTH? How do you plan to carry out your life-long learning during the next 30 years?
Hand in the reflection, read the group members' reflections and comment on them
Your written reflection must be handed in before May 4, 2016, at 13.00. Maybe you should once again look at the short video showing how to upload the document to Google Drive. You should start the document by stating your name followed by prosamm15 or prosamm14 (depending on whether you study the first or second year of the master's program). The link to the document should be put in a file with your name in the directory
where X is your (spring) group's number (check in Rapp if you forgot). In some cases there seems to be necessary to write /afs/nada.kth.se/misc before the file path above.
You have to comment on at least six other group members' reflection documents using the Google Document comment functionality (Comment in the Insert menu) before May 9, at 13.00. You may choose which six group members you like, as long as there are at least two from year 1 (prosamm15) and two from year 2 (prosamm14) among them. You also have to comment on a comment in your own document (if there is any).
Fill in the evaluation questionnaire that will be emailed to you
In a few days you will get an email with a link to the questionnaire. The questions are about some different aspects of your education in retrospect, such as the use of subject-specific terminology, your perceptions of the program integrating course, and, for second year students, an evaluation of your education. The questionnaire, which is mandatory and anonymous, should be filled in before May 13, at 23.59.
Participate actively in the seminar
Find your group number in the table below and lookup when and where your seminar is. The seminar is about 50 minutes, and it is important to be on time. Notice the starting times! Instructions on how to find the rooms can be found in the menu to the left.
|May 10, 8.10-9.00
|May 10, 9.10-10.00
|May 12, 15.10-16.00
|May 12, 16.10-17.00
What if you cannot participate in the seminar?
Instructions on how to do if you study abroad or of some reason cannot participate in the seminar can be found on the general seminars webpage.
After completing this seminar's four mandatory activities (written reflection, comments, seminar participation and questionnaire) you might have completed the course. The results of the activities will be reported by your mentor in Rapp not later than a week after the seminar. The course component UPP2 and the final grade will then be reported in Rapp within another week and then appear in Ladok within another week. Please check that all your results for earlier seminars are reported in Rapp (G in the fields hand-in, comments and participation for each seminar). If you have missed to do something you need to follow the instructions on the general seminars webpage. If your mentor missed to report something, please contact him as soon as possible. Remember that you had different mentors in the fall and in the spring.