In the last couple of weeks, ISB has included a unit called IDU (Interdisciplinary Unit), in this unit our main focus was on inclusivity. The main goal and focus of this were to improve our ISB community to become more inclusive of all kinds of people. I was put into a group, and in the group, I did not know any of my teammates. During the process of this unit, I had to face the challenges of getting to know how to communicate with my teammates to get things on task and done before the due date.
I assessed myself in satisfactory as in the “collaboration” strand from the student as a learner rubric. During this project, one of my teammates was sick nearly the whole project, and we had to communicate with that teammate to get our work done by using emails and WeChat to communicate our ideas and thinking. I tried my best to listen to everyone’s suggestions and came up with a solution that fits us the best. In this project, at first, we did not know what the targeted audience was; everyone in the group had no idea for the targeted audience, so I gave the suggestion of LGBTQIA. However one of my teammates did not want to focus on this, therefore, we had a small vote and democracy wins, and the final decision was depressed people. I think that my strengths of being a team member are that I am willing to listen to everyone’s ideas and actively participating in the group. I think I need to work on is work efficiency, because sometimes in our group we make decisions not really efficient which causes the whole process of our work to slow down.
At the beginning of this project, our group, have all agreed to 10 rules:
- Work is equally done
- Respect each other’s opinions when disagreeing
- Everyone meets set deadlines
- Build on ideas instead of disregarding them
- Be engaged/on task
- Provide feedback to each other‘s work
- Keep in touch via WeChat
- If a conflict occurs and people are hostile, come back to issue during the next time we meet to set compromises
- If someone misses a meeting/work session, meeting notes/minutes should be posted in the WeChat group and work should be made up at home
- If people have personal issues, it is their responsibility to deal with it and it will not be an excuse to not get work done
The norms I found being easy for me to implement are respecting each other’s opinions when disagreeing because during the process of the project we had all sorts of ideas and opinions and there are some conflicts but lastly we still had respectfully agreed to one. Another norm I found easy for me was to keep in touch because I am always online and checking my messages on a regular daily bases so I do not miss any important information. I found it very challenging to be on task because I am very easily distracted by other things.
In my group, collaboration was very important for us, because one of my teammates was sick and we had to work extremely collaborate to finish our work and communicating with that teammate to get his ideas and opinions into our group. I think the most challenging for me to collaborate with others is getting to know them first because sometimes it is very hard to collaborate with someone you do not know. I overcome this challenge by communicating them more often in the group and establishing a good relationship with all my teammates.
Finally, in this unit, I learned the importance of “inclusivity” and also the importance of collaborating with others. Also, I have learned a lot of skills through this unit such as using Microsoft Excel to analyze data and making graphs, and also I have gained more experience on my presentation skills of presenting things to others.