Through the IDU project, I had the opportunity to work with Erica and Christina, focusing on the inclusion issue of introverts. We actively listen to each other, responsible for each person’s role, and respect, and support toward diverse opinions during the project. As I was a supportive, respectful, responsible, and actively participating member of the team, I would assess myself as exemplary. Other team members should be evaluated as exemplary, too, since we worked really well and satisfied with the works we did with collaboration.
Although I was not the leader of the team, I was a supportive, respectful, responsible, and actively participating member of the team. I actively participated in discussions, contributed as many ideas as I can think of, and sometimes lead the team if needed. However, I should work more on pausing before I talk when someone else is talking despite there are plenty of ideas I need to share. If I start saying right after the talking person, it might be rude because the person might have more things to say. Moreover, when not sure, I should ask the team members to make it clear and paraphrase the answer again. For example, our method of collecting data is coding and theming, not using the ISB inclusion survey result, and I was not sure of the technique. After answered by other team members, I thought the way I understood was correct, but I realized I was wrong. If I paraphrased it and asked once more, it would not happen. In the following group work, I would keep my strengths but work on weaknesses for better collaboration.
According to my experience of collaboration during the IDU project, I would rank norms of collaboration based on their degree of importance in order of paying attention to self and others, putting ideas on the table, paraphrasing, posing questions, pausing, providing data, presuming positive intentions. We really cared about the emotional aspect and diversity of thoughts to respect each other, not hurting each other’s feelings. We also valued putting ideas on the table. If I insisted and said, “Designing space for introverts competition is my idea! You cannot use my idea”, there would be a conflict because the ideas are owned by the group, not to individuals during the group work, and it would be far more comfortable and efficient to work on the idea together. Besides the two norms, we paraphrased the opinions and thoughts, posing questions, but pause during talking, collect data, and presume positive intentions. While we tried our best to respect others and pay attention to others and ourselves, it was hard to manage and provide data. Our topic was considered controversial and not well known, so there were no ISB survey results that are related to introverts. We really worked hard on how to provide data, and eventually, we made it.
Collaboration is valuable when we need to combine an individual’s ideas and strengths for a better outcome. Not only learning outcomes, but we also learn from each other. Collaboration is one of the best ways of learning. Nevertheless, if there is a conflict among the team members, it is challenging to manage the conflict. For instance, if a team member has different thoughts from the other, there can be a conflict because each side wants to persuade the other side and implement the idea in the way their side wants. Even if someone tries to manage the conflict respectfully yet others talk only about their claims and do not consider other’s opinions, it still is a hard problem to work on. In any conflict, listening and paying attention to others or themselves respecting each other during communication is the key. Unless everyone in the team works carefully but actively to overcome or manage the conflict, the conflict will be deeper and deeper. Furthermore, when someone does not fulfill their role, a misunderstanding occurs or lack of communication, there can be conflicts. Our team also had some small conflicts during writing script, but we solved it through listening and paying attention to others or themselves respecting each other during communication.
In spite of some small conflicts, we managed them and relished the group work. Although there are some times that the course is not effective, it was great to know more about the inclusion issue of being an introvert, how to be an inclusive member of ISB and what is inclusivity itself. Working on projects with collaborating others was also another enjoyable experience and a new way to learn. But, more guidelines would be helpful with the more firm structure of the project might make fewer conflicts so other students can also enjoy or satisfy with their collaboration and product. More lessons about how to collaborate can be another idea to make the interdisciplinary unit better and learn more effectively.
Chong, Chloe. “Introvert or Extrovert? Things You Don’t Know About Them.” Lifehack, Lifehack, 10 Jan. 2018, www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/like-introvert-extrovert-ambivert.html.