Intercultural Extraneity

~Dallas' post-learning report~

Name: Dallas

I. Intercultural and networked communication

Did this interaction bring any new connections to your personal intercultural communication map or to your own understanding?

Yes, it definitely did. First of all, our group is very grateful for having the opportunity to work on this project together with our peers from the United States and therefore to learn more about their culture. Even though we had had similar group tasks before during our university years, this was a whole new experience for all of us. We also chose an interesting topic about stereotypes, which only helped us to establish and make our communication with our American peers a lot interesting. Not only did we challenge some stereotypes, but we also learnt how to function as a team. In that way, we had the best of both worlds.

II. Networked collaboration

What were some of the challenges of collaboration (email correspondence, communication, cooperation, workflow, etc.)?

We would like to mention that we didn’t have to face with many challenges; we managed to get the work done easily. The main challenge for us was getting in contact with our American peers, we already had a group on a social media platform so we had some problems contacting them, but we succeeded to do so via email. Later on, we had a bit of struggle finding a suitable time for our tasks due to time zones. Lastly, we had some troubles with our pitch because we didn’t fully understand the point but after the video conference with our professor, everything was okay.

Did this networked collaboration teach you anything new (email correspondence, communication, cooperation, workflow skills, etc.)?

What this collaboration really taught us is how to be patient and understanding. It took some time to go through some of the previously mentioned struggles, but we were patient and we managed to get through all of that very easily. Also, even though there are cultural differences between us and our American peers, that didn’t seem as a big problem because each one of us listened carefully and everyone was understanding and nice.

III.Networked learning: takeaways

What would you do differently next time?

The only thing that we wish we had done differently is to manage our time more wisely and efficiently. Since we spent a lot of time trying to get in contact with them, we did not have time to get to know them beyond the surface level; instead we just went straight to the point, which was our group project.

Did this particular instance of networked learning reinforce or challenge stereotypes or biases (including about this type of work)?

It was strange in the beginning because we did not know what to expect. We cannot say that we had some stereotypes about them. Our team was only interested to meet and talk to them. Overall, our American colleagues were really great, so generally if we had had stereotypes about them l am sure they would disappeared the first moment we met them. Honestly, we were a bit skeptical about working with people we did not know. However, this was a nice chance to get out of our comfort zone, try working online with people we did not know and get the best possible experience. Thanks to our colleagues and diligence of both groups, we overcame the problem of remoteness. Therefore, the stereotypes about this type of work vanished.

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