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Learning communities

Learning communities

One of the main assignments we have left before the end of the semester is to develop a digital learning resource using Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver. I have chosen to create a resource that introduces learners to bumblebees. The goal of this resource is to teach learners how to identify the 12 species that occur in Ireland.

It is important that this resource contain interesting interactive elements, such as buttons that the learner has to click on, or items that they have to drag and drop. Interactive learning materials such as these highlight one of the strongest features of e-learning, which makes it a far more stimulating resource than one which contains just multimedia. Interactivity helps to enrich learning and maintains the learner’s interest. However, designing these materials is another matter entirely.

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Final thoughts on the collaboration project

Final thoughts on the collaboration project

This week our team received our grade for the instructional document that we created together. All in all, I think we did surprisingly well. There were a number of errors in the document, which some of us probably should have noticed. But we also did many things quite well.

Overall, I enjoyed working in a virtual team. I enjoyed the discussion amongst people and being able to bounce ideas off other team members. It was great knowing that there were people who you could turn to if you were having problems or difficulties – I think that everyone in our group was considerate in that respect.

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Almost there! The final stage of virtual team assignment

Almost there! The final stage of virtual team assignment

This week marked the final week for our team to complete our document for the virtual team collaboration assignment. Apart from a couple of queries about the translation, all had been pretty quiet in our Facebook group for a while now.

I know that on my part, I was completely overrun with other assignments in the past few weeks: the XML document, the storyboard for digital learning resource, the proposal for the dissertation project, and organising an interview with a professional technical communicator. In fact, I became so preoccupied with these other assignments and deadlines that I began to see this collaboration project as more and more of a nuisance, especially since it is worth so little in comparison to all the others. I could only assume that everyone else in the team had similar problems with coursework and encroaching deadlines.

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And now for the next phase

And now for the next phase

Last week we handed the virtual team assignment over to the French students so that they could begin the translation phase. This is particularly interesting for our group as one of the students is actually Italian, so she will effectively be working with two non-native languages for this project. Nonetheless, having seen how she and her colleague write in the discussion forums, I trust them both to accomplish this task. Both write fluently in English and both seem very friendly and capable. This interview with Italian technical writer Alessandro Stazi gives some insight into the task that our team members now face.

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The usefulness of Facebook

The usefulness of Facebook

So this week saw a bit more progress with our group, although we do still unfortunately appear to be moving very slowly with the project. I wish that we could have had more time to get to know each other (and our various schedules!) a bit better.

Two main things happened. Firstly, I set up a folder on Google Drive that the whole group can access. Now we all have access to the same documents in the one place and we can update them instantly.

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Beginning the virtual team assignment

Beginning the virtual team assignment

This week we began working on the virtual team assignment. This is a collaboration project which sees students from the University of Limerick working with students from the University of Central Florida and the University Paris Diderot to produce a short set of instructions for online use. Once this document is complete, the French students translate the instructions from English into French. Every student is assigned to a team which contains two or three people from each university.

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