While I have been studying Ed Tech at Boise State for a year and a half, this was the first true group project I have been involved. There have been opportunities, but it always seemed that it would be easier to work alone. Something about individual work just seems more efficient. Much of this comes from outdated ideas that linger in my head. Collaboration across the internet means creating a document, emailing it to your partners, each suggesting or adding changes and emailing it back, changing the original to reflect the new material, emailing that updated copy to partners, getting an email pointing out errors or omissions changing the new original to reflect those changes, emailing it out, and on and on. Frustrating right?
Leave it to Social Networking Learning to disprove that. This assignment was something of an eye-opener in terms of showing me the ease of group collaboration across social networks. To be fair, my group was actually a pair and my partner was outstanding. Both of these facts contributed to the success of the project.
My partner Fabio Cominotti, and I come from different backgrounds. I teach Science and Fabio’s background is in
English. Despite this, we seemed to be on the same page from square one. Our busy schedules limited our time and made efficient work a must. We quickly settled on Google Docs as our medium and the project on curation came together seamlessly The use of Facebook for conversation (and the fact that I get updates on my phone and can respond quickly) help ease the process of communicating changes and helped us stay on the same track. Fabio learned and introduced me to Scoop.It, which is an exciting tool that I will be using quite a bit heading forward.
Overall, this group experience has been excellent. A great partner, amazing tools and a cool subject all contributed to a positive experience.