One of the unexpected things I learned from Fab Academy was the importance and value of documentation. Fab Academy is assessed on documentation – not what you make, but how well you evidence what you’ve done, explain what you discovered, and describe the process of learning and solving problems.
This is valuable not just for assessment, but as part of the learning process. Neil Gershenfeld’s regular refrain was to ‘document as you work’, not after the event. I pretty much followed this advice, which made the process of pulling together my weekly assignments much easier, and also helped me record learning as it happened. As a result, I created a wealth of reference material to which I frequently returned.
Documentation is so deeply embedded within Fab Academy, that – if I remember correctly – Neil once said words to the effect of, “engineering is the production of documentation”. Continue reading “Documenting learning”