Throughout the semester, you may keep a project log at the course website, either for an individual or group project. These will be blog entries tagged "project log."
Project logs help you keep track of your progress on complex projects, as well as provide a forum for receiving feedback from others who may be able to answer questions along the way or learn from your process. Project logs may be individual or shared among members of a group when the project is collaborative.
After college, you may find keeping a project log useful in your professional career:
- In the busy life of a professional, it can often be difficult to remember all aspects of a project when compiling regular progress reports.
- Consultants can use project logs to provide supporting evidence of work done on a project in preparing invoices or in case a client questions about billable hours.
- Once a project is completed, a project log can be useful as a record for planning similar, future projects that will be completed by others.
Regularly post a short report in the form of a project log that follows these guidelines or includes this information. If you have both individual and collaborative projects ongoing, you should post separate Project Log entries and use a tag like project log (for individual projects) or nameofproject project log (for collaborative projects)
- Use informative titles (e.g., Project Log for Week 5: Project X Takes Shape)
- Tag your post with the recommended tag
- Report on the status of the project: Is it in early drafting? Is it production ready? Is your group conducting research?
- Report on any scheduled plans for completing specific tasks in the project.
- Plan out ideas for completing the project.
- Link to any assets or resources you plan to use to complete the project, or provide them as attachments to the post.
For collaborative projects:
- Tag your post with the group name (e.g., "morte darthur project log"). Record your contributions to the project that week. Teams may appoint one person to post the main project log and then decide that others can add to it by commenting. It's important that all members of the group participate in builiding the project log.
- Record the contributions of everyone in the group.
- Record the time and date of group meetings and communication and describe briefly what was accomplished. Did the group have an email discussion? Did you text message with another group member?
- What group members have taken on which specific tasks? What are the prospective deadlines?
- Plan out ideas for completing the project, including ways to collaborate and communicate more effectively with your group.
- Reflect on any lessons you have learned about collaboration and electronic communication.
Remember: Collaborative project logs are public and can be read by other group members. Be diplomatic. Do not write about what other group members failed to do or negatively evaluate their participation. Simply record what others have agreed to do and the tasks that they have completed. You will have ample opportunity to assess the work of others at the end of the project.
You can of, course, post more than once a week.