What have we learned so far?
So far we,as a group, improved a lot. An opportunity to work on the Internet made this improvement in some ways easier and positive experience in others more frustrating. Starting from stepping over the culture difference barrier (who might have thought that even the Internet language differs between the cultures and a particular smiley can be interpreted not the way that you expected it to be understood. F.e. “;P” in Indonesia represents a little wicked added to the friendly smile, but I used to use it as sticking out the tongue - an expression of teasing.),getting to know each other better and accept, collaborate productively( dividing into roles, organising tasks and keep updating each other with gained knowledge) and ending with moral support.
Al the team improvement reflects on my own improvement. Or other way round.
Talking about the class concern …I think the class confronts not the problem to work on Internet but relying on the technical side. I mean during the e-meetings with Nancy the connection might be low and that might cause the cracking of the video/audio. You might not here some meaningful thoughts and that might lead into misunderstanding or confusion. Lost sound, echoes, unmute sound, mute sound, too load sound, inability to see someone( naturally the group/person spend/s time trying to turn on the video miss/misses the track of conversation) inability to join hangout … all these distractions might cause the loss of concentration.
But anyway everything is being learned through experience and gained knowledge. And we all are on that track.
Wow, six weeks already. It is going to sound a bit cheesy but looking back it is almost unreal that 6 weeks have passed by already. Six productive weeks during which I learned a lot, not only about the courses but also about the people in my class.
So far I hope that I have contributed my fair share to the project. Every week we sit together with the group and we look at the work that has to be done and divide it between all the group members. I feel like this caused us all to keep a fair work share and contribute equally to the project.
I think that all my learnings can best be reflected by the work we have all done as a team. Everything we learn though this project is put into our group reports, and I think that that gives the clearest overview of what I have learned. I say this because everything we learn as a team is shared between each other, so when one person learns something it is shared in a way that everyone learns this as well. So this is the best way of looking at what we all learned.
I cannot say much for the class, I think that it is up to everyone to learn from what they read and experience. I hope that they have learned a lot from what they have been researching and the discussions that we have been taking part in.
I think so far I have contributed a solid amount to my team’s project. I have attended every class so far, and I feel like in every class our group gets a lot done. I think I make contributions in class time by actively participating in our discussions, giving feedback and opinions, and working together with the group on what needs to be done for our project. Outside of the class time I contribute to my team by commenting on their blog posts every week to give feedback, and by also doing my assigned work. This was actually difficult at first without having a clear end goal, but as the end goal has gotten more clear I have found it easier to contribute more to the project outside of class time. A few weeks ago I was in charge of researching the website Kiva.org, and I made a word document containing a summary of what the website is about, and how it works. This is probably my most tangible contribution up until this point. In the coming weeks one of my tasks is to help summarize our theory of change for our NGO, this will be my next tangible contribution. As far as intangible contributions, I will brain storm how our team can create/share our final product in 8 minutes or less, and what tools we can use to do this.
I think the best way to evaluate my learnings so far is my application of them in the group work. Everything I have learned in the lectures I have been able to apply in the group, especially in terms of the online networking and platforms, and online facilitation. Our group has done a large portion of our work on the online platforms, and we have learned a lot about how to use these in the lecture. I think this is also a good way to evaluate the group’s learnings as a whole. Our learning is pretty clear to see as a group, because every week we have a clearer picture of what we need to do, and our work output increasing week by week has demonstrated our learning every week. As far as the class’s learning I think it is actually quite difficult to assess, but in my opinion it is easiest to assess the learning in the class’s use of the online platforms. In a previous class each group did some presentations on what they had been doing, and I thought this was a nice overview of the class’s learnings. As well as this, the spider diagrams which were drawn on the whiteboard in the classroom were also a good evaluation of what the class has learned so far and how they are applying it.