Tesla's Post-learning Report
This post stands for our group’s post-learning report
I. Intercultural and networked communication
Did this interaction bring any new connections to your personal intercultural communication map or to your own understanding?
Most certainly it did, this was the first opportunity we had to work with people from another culture in a professional setting. It helped us further develop some of the key soft skills, such as communication, collaboration, teamwork, and critical thinking, but it has also given us the opportunity of working on our digital literacy; by giving us insight into the behind-the-scenes process of video production.
II. Networked collaborationWhat were some of the challenges of collaboration (email correspondence, communication, cooperation, workflow, etc.)?
One of the main challenges we faced during this collaboration was establishing a steady line of communication, as we tried at first to do so via the forum. However, once our American peers expressed their preference of contact via e-mail, we overcame that obstacle easily.
Did this networked collaboration teach you anything new (email correspondence, communication, cooperation, workflow skills, etc.)?
The main takeaways from this collaboration regarded the communication aspects. We have learned the importance of maintaining a steady line of communication and taking into account the different time zones and schedules. Furthermore, we have learned the importance of everyone participating equally within the group, which was something we did not have to consider before. And most interestingly, we have learned where to search for non-copyrighted pictures.
III. Networked learning: takeaway
What would you do differently next time?
Having experienced working on this kind of project, we can now see some of the things which could have been done more efficiently and in a simpler manner. Should another chance like this arise, we would organize ourselves better, initiate communication with others earlier, and divide responsibilities equally. Furthermore, we would try not to be as stressed and anxious about the whole project, but do our best to enjoy and make the most of the opportunity to communicate with our American peers.
Did this particular instance of networked learning reinforce or challenge stereotypes or biases (including about this type of work)?
At first, we have been skeptical about working online with someone we have never met before, especially regarding communication. But since we have had experience with working in a group for other subjects, once we established communication with our American peers, we realized that there would not be any problems at all. We were also afraid of what kind of stereotypes they might have about us and Serbia, but they have been nothing but polite and professional in their responses, and our worries quickly melted away.