Category: Success

A happy ending.

Celebrate with champagne popping
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Our grade for the Virtual Team assignment was returned today and I am pleased that I received favorable feedback. I was fortunate to be paired with my classmate Fionnuala, who was both proactive and contributed significantly to the assignment. Despite some team members contributing very little to the assignment, we created a usable final document and developed excellent working relationships within the team. I think this assignment helped develop my social and interpersonal skills, emphasising their importance when working on an international team. In my opinion, it was an excellent learning experience for participants. It helped prepare students for international collaboration in the real-world.

It is difficult to believe that the semester is nearly over. Assignments and reports are slowly being submitted one-by-one. This semester’s assignments are enjoyable and encourage students to demonstrate their creativity by creating an e-Portfolio and podcast. I realised the importance of good project management skills, not only during the Virtual Team assignment but also by managing my other assignments simultaneously.

This blog assignment provided new sources of information which will prove useful when developing my Summer project. Part of this blog assignment specified creating a blog roll whereby I would link to other relevant blogs. My blogroll now contains links to numerous eLearning and design experts who share their knowledge freely, thus will be a helpful resource for me. I also tweeted these blog links to my Twitter followers for my EL6052 assignment, so hopefully they will also benefit from these blogs.

In hindsight, I should have created a blog when I first began this M.A., as it would prove beneficial to keep relevant links in one place. Creating a blog for my development project may be beneficial. It could act as a useful resource when writing my dissertation, highlighting any difficulties I encountered during development. It would also be nostalgic reading in a few years time!

On time departure from Paris……

Project Schedule Management
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In spite of a very slow start, this project is well under way and we are approaching the finish line. Persistent communication and encouragement has resulted in excellent input from both French and U.S. students. I am relieved to write these words now but did not foresee earlier in this assignment.

At the beginning of the project I was keen to reach this stage, the return of the translated document. I often wondered whether I would have to go into my attic and search for my old French dictionary from my teenage years! Luckily not, as Li and Marianne have returned a translated document to the team.

I am very impressed with the effort they made. I also appreciate Marianne’s mail stating it would not be feasible to return the document sooner, as per my earlier request to our translators. This has shown how important it is for all team members to have an opinion and to express that opinion to their team.

We must now discuss formatting options with Fionnuala and the U.S. project members. I believe at this stage there is a more positive feeling within the team and collaboration will be easier.

In hindsight, this virtual team assignment has been a wonderful learning experience. It has taught me that other cultures have a different approach to projects. Some team members may be reluctant to take a lead role or even be apprehensive about being the first person to post online (We are studying this topic in module EL6052 this week). Personally, I am hesitant when posting online initially, however, I become more comfortable as time progresses and become more open with my communication and expressions.

Roll on week 8………