This year I was inspired by my Ph.D. student Paul Leslie who is writing a thesis on Narratives of learning using a e-portifolio approach to teach and learn and then I decided to apply some process oriented reflection at the discipline I teach in the Imagineering Masters.
Based on a lifelong learning approach I created an assignment called The Narrative Matrix, where the students had to develop a matrix of their learning throughout the discipline.
A matrix is a network of lines (in our case, concepts and tools that cross one another to form a series of nodes that interconnect to each other. With each location in the framework there are some information. For example, a chess board is a matrix in which every square contains a specific item of information.
The students had to make a interconnection of the learning goals of the discipline, with their wishes, needs and expectations and match with the final outcome.
At the end they provide a portifolio of concepts, resources and tools to use as a professional as well as to help them with the final exam.
The Narrative Matrix is a powerful portifolio of learning in which the students have a very visual material of their learning process, being able to see the the full picture as well as understanding the interconnection of concepts and how to use them.