Jana's post-learning report & Action card - week 5
- Action card; week 5 -
Some of the things I have done in week 5 are:
Talk to the other students from my mega-group about our final thoughts and impressions of the video
Watch the final project (video)
Watch the video about editing posted by the professor
Write the action card for week 5
I believe these couple of weeks were not easy, in fact, as much as this project was fun and compelling to do, it required a lot of planning and good communication. The first challenge we came across was finding a good way of communication that would suit everyone in the mega-group, including our American peers. Then, after days and days of planning every aspect of the video, we finally wrote the project pitch and posted it. Although the video was not exactly the same as we might have planned, I still think it turned out to be a gripping video that sends a powerful message. Of course, there is always room for improvement, so, for example, had we had more than 3-4 minutes to fit everything in, the video would have turned out even better. Nonetheless, I believe this project was a rather pleasurable and useful experience, so I’m glad we got the chance to take part in it, all hardships aside.
Did we manage to realize our initial idea regarding the video?
Could the video have been better?
How can I make use out of this project?
What did I learn about editing?
Every contribution, no matter how small, matters
Make time for creating something valuable
Learn from others
Our communication in the 5th week was pretty low. After filming the video material, we contacted our US peers to make sure they were satisfied with it and to ask how editing was going or whether they need any help/ideas. After finishing the first two drafts of the video, they shared them with us and we gave our thoughts about them, e.g. whether there could be any changes/improvements. After the second draft, we agreed that the video turned out calm and straight-to-the-point, which was, in a way, our goal for the time limit of only 3-4 minutes.
My assessment of the project video
Despite the time limit, I think we managed to present the gist of our idea through our project video. Stereotypes are such a broad topic, so it was challenging to choose what aspects of it to include in the video to send a powerful message and still make a point in under 4 minutes. I like that we settled on the question of “hate or ignorance?” because it’s such a simple, yet deep question that perfectly describes the process of stereotyping. Not only did it enable us to share some personal experiences of stereotyping, but also be objective and give some background knowledge about the topic, as well as some interesting quotes, such as “Stereotypes are ingrained in us, and they are byproducts of the categorizing and simplification.” I also like the tone and mood of the video, as it is in a way calming and flowing naturally. I think the selection of the background song is appropriate.
Regarding the vocabulary, I think it was fitting, and you can tell that the participants of the video had prepared in advance, while still keeping the natural tone of the video.
I feel like the ending is also suitable as it leaves us with some food for thought regarding stereotypes- whether we believe there is any hope for the future or chances of improving the current situation.
All in all, I am aware that the video didn’t turn out exactly how we had imagined, but I still think this was a precious experience, and that we are all glad to have gotten a chance to participate in this project and create something worthwhile. It was fun watching our ideas come to life.
Name: Jana Tomić
I. Intercultural and networked communication
Did this interaction bring any new connections to your personal intercultural communication
map or to your own understanding?
Yes, I believe this experience is precious since it’s not every day that I get a chance to work on a project together with students from the other side of the world. As our topic was related to stereotypes, I think we really had an amazing opportunity to share some shocking or inspirational personal stories, as well as share our thoughts on the future of this phenomenon. Unfortunately, there was not enough time for us to meet each other in more detail, but I think there’s nothing that’s stopping us to do exactly that in this world of digital technology – social media, messaging apps, etc.
II. Networked collaboration
What were some of the challenges of collaboration (email correspondence, communication,
cooperation, workflow, etc.)?
The first challenge we came across was establishing a medium for our communication, we (Serbian students from my mega-group) were not sure whether to do it on the forum, via email or in a group chat on some of the messaging apps. After making our minds on that, the next challenge was the project pitch. We did one version of it which wasn’t appropriate, so then we had to start from scratch and make a new one. The second time we put in more effort, so, luckily, the second try was more successful. Planning the scenario for the video was the hardest part, as we had very little time for it, so it needed to be done asap, thus, I felt under a lot of pressure. After that, I think it was mostly smooth sailing. The video was filmed, and the editing part was done without any problems, so I would say the general workflow was pretty good, the only minor inconvenience was the difference between our time zones.
Did this networked collaboration teach you anything new (email correspondence,
communication, cooperation, workflow skills, etc.)?
Of course. I feel like this was a good opportunity to practice communicating with people from a totally different culture, and especially native English speakers. Working in a group with ca. 15 people is not always the easiest, because it takes all sorts to make a world. Communicating your ideas has to be done efficiently when you are limited by time and space. Thus, communication in a group this big was definitely a challenge, which I think we’ve successfully overcome.
III. Networked learning: takeaways
What would you do differently next time?
Next time I would prefer it if we organized our time more efficiently, especially because of the difference in our time zones. It would be better to plan when exactly to sit down and work everything out so that it suits both groups of students.
Did this particular instance of networked learning reinforce or challenge stereotypes or biases
(including about this type of work)?
This is an interesting question since our topic was directly related to stereotypes, so, not only did it not challenge any stereotypes, but the opposite- it was more of an eye-opening experience regarding the social status of different races and the role of culture in understanding biases. I had high expectations even before entering this project, so it’s safe to say that I wasn’t disappointed and that, despite all our differences, at the end of the day, we are all ambitious, young people who can learn something from each other. Thus, there was no need to engage in this project with a mind full of biases.