For the DiDA course, I am required to do a large amount of structured planning. Everything, almost every detail, must be planned and any deviation from your plans must be documented. Some of it you are allowed – occasionally even encouraged – to do your own way. But the rest of it is dictated to you – candidates are ‘told’ how to plan by the board… and if you dont like it, then tough.
We are given certain guidelines to follow. Some ‘guidelines’ are stricter than others – for instance, we have to do a storyboard for movies and information points. I don’t want to work like that, thats not how I work! I want to do flowcharts and diagrams and map things as they come out of my head so I can refine them later.
Obviously, DiDA students are forced to conform to these ‘guidelines’, as failure to do so would result in failing the course. However, I question the usefulness of plans that are forced upon us and dictated to us.