Intercultural Extraneity

miljo's post-learning report

This post responds to our group’s post-learning report.

Name: miljo

I. Intercultural and networked communication
Did this interaction bring any new connections to your personal intercultural communication map or to your own understanding?

Collaboration on this project has brought us all the opportunity to connect with our peers from the US. Therefore, our intercultural communication map has expanded, while our understanding of American culture has definitely enriched.

II. Networked collaboration
What were some of the challenges of collaboration (email correspondence, communication, cooperation, workflow, etc.)? Did this networked collaboration teach you anything new (email correspondence, communication, cooperation, workflow skills, etc.)?

Some of the challenges concerned our group in Serbia. We had trouble in work organization, time management, and primarily communication, as we could not find time to work simultaneously. When it comes to communication with our colleagues from the US, only one group member was in charge of that, and that turned out to be a good idea.
This networked collaboration taught us the importance of time management and work delegation. We have learned how important it is to set clear goals in order to be on the same page and divide the work evenly, so that everyone would be included in the project equally.

III. Networked learning: takeaways
What would you do differently next time? Did this particular instance of networked learning reinforce or challenge stereotypes or biases (including about this type of work)?

Next time, we would pick a group leader and meet in person in order to ensure that the workflow goes smoothly and that everyone has their role in the project. Nonetheless, we would manage our time better and meet regularly.

This networked learning did not reinforce or challenge any cultural stereotypes. On the contrary, we enjoyed working with someone from a different culture.

When it comes to the stereotypes concerning this type of work, we have to be honest and say that the stereotype that has been reinforced was working in a group where not everyone is willing to participate equally. Unfortunately, there are always people that end up doing the majority of work. However, we are willing to learn from this experience and change this in some next project.

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