Design notebooks, whether electronic or hard-copy, allow students to track and document their efforts.  In turn, design notebooks allow instructors to assess student contributions to the team. Notebooks are graded twice a semester and explicit feedback is given in categories including: completeness of meeting and design notes, maintenance and check-off of a to-do list, usability by future students who may need to understand why a particular design decision was made, etc.

Notebook Essentials

Notebook Maintenance

To-Do List Maintenance

Maintain check-boxes for items to be done that are then checked-off and dated when done.

Meeting Notes

Technical Notes

Usability

Will your design notebook be of use to people who join the team later and need to refer to it? This includes legibility, intelligible technical and meeting notes, and overall organization.

VIP Design Notebooks

Notebook Sample 1

Notebook Sample 2

For further inquiries, please contact Robert Klenke:
Email: rhklenke@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 827-7007