It’s week two in the Virtual Collaboration Assignment and I’m finally getting to know my team mates. It’s been a slow start and the emails that have are now thankfully coming thick and fast were little more than a trickle this time last week. In the team, we have three Irish students, three American and two French so it’s been a bit of a challenge to get everyone communicating, even with technology being how it is.
I guess it’s the same in real life with a group of strangers coming together to work on a project. You don’t want a situation of too many Indians, not enough chiefs but at the same time, you don’t want (well I don’t want) a situation where you are taking over the whole project either.
So where are we now? Well, we have agreed on a topic (half the battle won!) and a more immediate method of communication than the emails which were sporadic and easy to lose track of. A Facebook group has been set up and it’s lovely to put a (digital) face on everyone in the team! The next step is to assign team roles and then we can start working, something I’m anxious to do as we only have until February 22nd to get a completed draft sent to the French members of the team for translation.
I was harbouring thoughts of asking to be the editor in the team as editing and document layout is something I’m very interested in. I have no background in it, and a lot to learn so I was somewhat relieved when one of the American students asked could she be editor. She seems to really have a handle on the work it entails and straight off the bat, she suggested a style guide to make sure our document has a cohesive structure-something I would never have thought of!
The next few weeks will see us agree on the design of the document, write it, and get it ready for the French students to translate the document into French. I’m looking forward to working with my new team mates and actually producing some work. It’s been all talk, no action so far!