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MFP Forum

MFP Forum Overview:
Mayfield Fellows contribute to an online forum to capture, reflect, and summarize their experiences and key takeaways during the 9-month program. The goal of this forum project is to encourage reflection on the different MFP experiences and to enhance the overall learning by encouraging an online dialogue. The forum is configured as a single group with each Fellow acting as an independent member of the group. Contributions are organized by topic.

Each student has been added as a member of the MFP Forum hosted through Google groups (https://groups.google.com/d/forum/mfp-2014), our MFP Forum website. Access to the forum is restricted to the Fellows and the teaching team, but please do not post confidential information.


Posts to the forum include (for each Fellow):

  1. Post Assignments (as specified on individual session pages): Unless otherwise specified, post assignments to the forum so that others can view them. Note that each assignment will have its own topic thread in the forum (e.g., "Session 2 Assignment") so that all assignments will be easily grouped. Following the Stanford Honor Code, we expect that you will complete each assignment independently (except when otherwise specified) and that you will not review other Fellows' assignments on the forum until you have submitted your own.
  2. Input Captures and Reflections (average of one entry/week): You are encouraged to log the different sources of learning and inspiration during the quarter. Any links, documents, etc. that served some purpose should go here. For example, you may run across an interesting online news article or an intriguing company website. The goal for reflections is to capture the emotions and instant reflections on a case study, a class, a meeting with a mentor, a discussion with another fellow, etc. We expect to see an average of one entry each week in this area.
  3. Reflections on Classmates' Entries (average of one entry/week): The forum is intended to facilitate "virtual" conversations. Thus, its success depends upon the extent to which you read and engage with others' thoughts. You are asked to post on average one entry per week that picks up on something that a classmate has posted and pushes the conversation further.
  4. Broad Takeaways (one entry each in spring, summer and fall quarters): At the end of each quarter you are asked to post an entry to the online portfolio that summarizes your key takeaways from the quarter. This entry should be a well-founded reflection upon the reflections and inputs that were captured during the quarter. You are expected to review your previous posts and course materials when writing these entries.

Details by Quarter:
This assignment is intended to be flexible and welcoming to creativity and new directions. Have fun with this! Here’s a more detailed look at what to expect of this project during each quarter:

Spring: In spring quarter, the forum should serve as a net to capture inputs and immediate reflections to the cases and class sessions on the MFP site. Think of the forum as a “backup brain,” a storage space for your thoughts and reflections from the cases and experiences. During the quarter, you should get in the habit of contributing to the forum multiple times each week with inputs and reflections.

In addition to contributing to the forum, the final spring quarter deliverable will be a key takeaways entry that reflects on your learning to date.

Summer: The summer focuses on more articulated weekly journals, while continuing the input capture and immediate reflections throughout the year. There are eight journal assignments during the summer quarter that should be posted to the forum. At the end of the summer, you are expected to post another set of key takeaways from the summer. This exercise of reflecting on the summer internships should serve to help you formulate a proposal for a presentation topic in the fall.

Fall: The fall focuses on reflection and “lessons learned.” While continuing to post immediate reflections and inputs to the forum, your final deliverable will be a post of key takeaways from the program. This time, the exercise will serve as a foundation for a final, open-ended presentation during the last week of class.


Encouragements:
This assignment is about effective means of capturing experiences and then reflecting on them in a meaningful way. Here are a few suggestions:
  1. Be creative! The technologies offered here are intended to get you started, but the ultimate creation should reflect your individual tastes and ideas. Feel free to experiment.
  2. Collaborate! Your fellow class members have a diverse set of talents and perspectives. While posts to the forum come from individual Fellows, you are encouraged to seek out each others' opinions, to comment on each others posts, etc.
  3. Relate it to life! You can think of the Mayfield Fellows Program as a lens on which to view other aspects of life. Many experiences and case studies have broader application, and you are encouraged to relate these.

Grading:
Your contributions to the MFP Forum count for 25% of your E140A grade, 50% of your E140B grade (via journals) and 20% of your E140C grade. The forum is intended to be a space for you to catalog and reflect on your experiences and enhance learning. We expect that you will make a concerted effort to consistently post throughout the quarter. Grades will be a qualitative assessment of your engagement with the assignment.