Intercultural Extraneity

Plusone's Post-Learning Report and Action Card

I. Intercultural and networked communication
Did this interaction bring any new connections to your personal intercultural communication
map or to your own understanding?
This was one of the most unique experiences we have ever had during our undergraduate studies. It gave us the opportunity to use all the knowledge we had previously acquired and to use the language in the best possible way – in conversing with native speakers. For most of us this was an entirely new experience and it enabled us to gain understanding of what it is like to speak with people who belong to a different culture and have different social cues, expectations and behaviour. All in all, it was beneficial in every possible way.
II. Networked collaboration
What were some of the challenges of collaboration (email correspondence, communication,
cooperation, workflow, etc.)?
For us, the biggest challenge was where and when to communicate with our American colleagues. We thought that the forum was the best option because we couldn’t find the time (mostly because of our classes and some of us are working) to talk to them via Zoom or Skype. The forum isn’t too bad but maybe if it had the option to receive notification so that we wouldn’t have to check it all the time. All in all, the correspondence went well and our colleagues weren’t confused about the project.
Did this networked collaboration teach you anything new (email correspondence,
communication, cooperation, workflow skills, etc.)?
Since we haven’t worked in such a large team before, cooperation was the biggest benefit for us. It improved the way our team worked together and solved problems. Through listening to team members, we helped each other to put our ideas into action. By delegating tasks each member of the team focused on accomplishing certain aspects of a project, thus we could achieve goals using far less time and energy than if each member was working alone.
In order to achieve cooperation good communication is the key. Communication allows team members to understand their roles and the roles of everyone else in the team. It also gives room for understanding among the team members for what needs to be done.
III. Networked learning: takeaways
What would you do differently next time?
We would definitely find a way to talk to them in some other way, discord or even Zoom and if some could not have the time, we would make sure that at least one of us has the meeting for them.
Did this particular instance of networked learning reinforce or challenge stereotypes or biases
(including about this type of work)?
This work challenged and reassured us concerning some stereotypes we had about the American culture. There were these small instances and misunderstandings that we had interpreted in ourselves about their culture, but fortunately, they managed to shed some light on the topic and make us understand everything that confused us or made us not understand.
On the other hand, it reinforced some positive stereotypes because we knew that they would be amiable, patient and that they would be able to be at the top of the work. This is why we really enjoyed the video Amberly and Tobie made. They were diligent and they gave their best to convey the message we wanted to send.

Action Card

We thought that the video turned out great. Especially, because we are not so good in making videos and if we had to make them, maybe it would be done poorly. Moreover, we would love it if they made the video in person, but we understand that due to the pandemic they were not able to.
Once again, we say: great job!

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