We're done. The instructions are submitted and we have bid our farewells. It's time to reflect on the experience and take what I have learnt to the next project. Clarke, (2019) Is it possible to work productively within an entirely virtual landscape? I think so. This was my first experience of working within a virtual … Continue reading It’s time for the wrap up
This, the penultimate, week of the virtual team project has been busy. One of the final tasks was to conduct a pseudo usability test, it was more akin to an informal discussion with 2 people who represent the end user. As a team we are very invested in the creating and editing of the document, … Continue reading The Final Edit
New media has harnessed the power of visuals through the use of graphics. Using the experience of working on the virtual team project, this article will examine how the writer and the graphic designer can collaborate successfully. As stated previously, together with another writer we created the first draft of the instructions. During this early … Continue reading Visual Rhetoric – The art of combining graphics and text
Image Source: Brouwer, (2015) The editing phase is complete and the 'English' document has been sent to our translators at Université Paris Diderot, France. A new thread #Translation is created on Slack to manage the comments and queries regarding this part of the process. I wonder how our English will translate and what is involved … Continue reading The Virtual Team Project: We’re in the translation phase!
It's not entertainment but the #Random channel, created during the forming stage of the virtual team project, is reserved for informal communication. It serves to build affective trust and to foster a degree of an emotional feeling of attachment. Research has found that a strong socioemotional connection between virtual team members will increase the potential … Continue reading # Random: The Socioemotional Channel
Image Source: Inkjot Comics, (2012) Even within the labyrinth of the virtual world, a simple task is desired but can rarely be achieved without a late night and twinge of frustration. The advantage, of course, is the 'unexpected' learning outcome. Every presentation, module outline, assignment brief has dutifully begun with a list of expected learning … Continue reading There is no such thing as ‘A simple task’
Team 6 have never met face-to-face, we have never spoken, yet we are required to work together to produce a document in French and English - how?. This article is not about how we communicated either during the forming phase or subsequent virtual team phases. This article will focus on the collaboration tool we chose … Continue reading An evaluation of Slack as a collaboration tool.
Team 6 are right on target. With the writing complete the next phase of the project was editing the document. The appointed editors were responsible for proofreading, ensuring consistent style and reformatting the layout - right? This is what editors do in the 'real' world? or so I naively thought! Weiland, (2013) According to EditorsVic … Continue reading The Editing Process: How is this going to work?
Team 6 quickly agreed on developing instructions to create a survey using google forms through a google drive account. Simple - right? The two writers on this team were from University of Limerick (UL), I am one of the writers. We had a very clear brief, we speak the same language and my writing partner … Continue reading The Virtual Team Project: The Writing Process
A new semester begins and with it a new challenge. EL6083 Learning and Collaboration Technologies assignment brief requires students to curate a reflective blog (currently a work in progress!) and to work as part of a team. Teamwork I have done but thanks to technology we do not have to be in the same room … Continue reading Learning to Work Within a Virtual Sphere