- Your impressions of working in a virtual team (including whether or not you would wish to do so again)
I loved working with virtual team. It’s a great experience because it gives each team an opportunity to communicate in a convenient, comfortable manner. There’s nothing I hate more than to be working on something in person that always conflicts with my time schedule. It’s very much a nuance, because you can’t think as freely and you feel more restricted. I love the freedom and comfort that working virtually offers, and I would definitely love to do it again.
- The most valuable things you learned from doing the project
The most valuable things I learned from this project are some of the major differences in cultures when writing, and how much similarity there is as well. There’s a great deal of difference in technical writing in terms of culture, and the intercultural experience this project offered really taught me how to better communicate on a more universal level, and interact with others who don’t aren’t very fluent in English. While there are some differences in culture, there are also some great similarities. I was surprised at how closely related English students are with Irish students, in terms of their communication skills and writing abilities. I was happy to learn about how they write in their daily lives technically, and to apply some of the techniques they use to my own.
- New skills you developed during the course of the project
Some new skills I developed were the skills to communicate abroad, and take part in the overall structure of intercultural communication. There’s some great communication values to be taken from here, especially in terms of writing. I also developed the skill to read things in a totally different language, but be able to notice the structure of the document and see if it was structurally sound. It’s a great skill to have, because even if you can’t read the language, you can at least see if things are being communicated correctly in terms of design elements, which tend to be a universal foundation in writing.
- A brief description of the leadership structure in your team and an evaluation of how effective the team leadership was
I’m not sure who our leader was to be honest. I think it was Elizabeth, but I’m not entirely sure. She seemed to have taken the most responsibility in terms of leadership, so I’ll have to say she did a great job. She didn’t really have any problems in addressing information or conveying ideas, and she really was active throughout the project. Although this project didn’t really require much in terms of leadership, Elizabeth still did a great job. Kendra did too, and she was great to collaborate with. The team as a whole was good, although I don’t really like to rate myself. I enjoyed working with both of them, and I hope I get to do so in the near future.
- Things you would do differently in future projects, if any
The only thing I would do differently is try to find a better communication tool for the French students. They seemed to have had a lot of trouble communicating with us and sharing documents on Sulis. They recommended we use Google drive with them, which seemed to have worked out a little better. Sulis may not be as applicable in terms of intercultural communication for French students as it is for those who speak English. The Irish and American students who used Sulis had no problems. Other then that, I can’t think of anything different I would do, and I hope I have another opportunity like this again. It’s always a pleasure to be a part of Dr. Flammia’s classes, I thoroughly enjoy her teaching, and I can honestly say I enjoy her teaching the most. There’s always something new and exciting in her classes.