As course two comes to a close, participants were asked to choose from several options for the summative task.
Our group chose the following:
Here is the link to our final submission for this assignment.
To wrap up this summative task, COETAIL has asked us to reflect on the following questions…
How did you find your group for this project? How did the collaboration aspect of this project go?
Honestly, this was one of the easiest globally collaborative groups I have ever worked with. Here were the keys to our success:
- Early birds get their worms – I knew who I wanted to work with and reached out early
- Early rumination of an idea that was pitched early; in fact, team member selection was based on option two
- Frequent back channelling – The team was connected via Whatsapp
- Video chats – Two – one at the start and one near the end
- Soft deadlines – Mutually agreeable times to have our respective sections done
- Timely feedback – All members receptive to feedback to improve our respective sections
- Agency – Members had a choice and voice on their section of contribution
What challenges did you face? How did you overcome them?
- Mutually agreeable times – Not really a challenge, but still needed some thoughtful consideration and flexibility.
- Flexibility with the pandemic – One of our team members needed to repatriate during this project, so having empathy for her and delaying some of our soft deadlines paid off.
How was this collaborative planning experience different from or similar to other planning experiences?
- Honestly, with all that has happened in the past year, not much differed in terms of collaborative planning. In these times, we all have experience collaborating on teams where our colleagues may have chosen to repatriate, and yet still meet contractual obligations successfully. This is not limited to just collaboratively planning with their teams.
- Open-mindedness, carefully thought out meetings, and considerations as to what is essential for asynchronous vs synchronous collaboration are really the only potential “barriers”.
Why did you choose this option? These standards?
- Of all the options, this is the one that spoke to me. After reaching out and persuading the team, it was one that was the most purposeful in creating for the potential to transfer in all of our respective work environments/contexts.
- The standards were part of the task, so “choice” wasn’t an option.
How was this learning experience different from or similar to other learning experiences you have designed?
- I think the pandemic, as mentioned above, has given us the skills to use digital technology in effective ways to achieve this purpose.
- In addition, my Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia was all online, so globally collaborating on a shared vision wasn’t anything out of my comfort zone.
How does this experience relate to what you learned in Course 2?
- Everything learnt each week in course two aligned one hundred percent with the ISTE Digital Citizenship Standard Indicators for Educators. This was the content of our project, so the experience and learning had a symbiotic relationship.
On behalf of my team, I hope you enjoy what we have created and get introduced to at least one thing that gets you wondering or sparks your thinking!