IDP Reflections: Development of Skills and Competencies – Pt. 2

Q: What new skills did you develop during the course of the project?

Aside from learning to work with international students, learning how to use certain tools is something that I did accomplish learning. Google Drive and Google Hangout were two tools that I learned how to use during the project. These are most used tools for collaboration for groups and I am thankful that I did get the opportunity to get acquainted with these programs.

I also learned about the other side of dealing with language barriers when it came to text. The French team had a difficult time in some spots translating the document because there were technical words that did not have a French translation and in some areas, the document had to be changed to fit certain French words. If not the document would have been much longer and if translated back to English, it probably wouldn’t have made much sense. Fortunately, everything worked out and the project was successful.

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IDP Reflections – Collaboration Pt. 2: Tools Used

2. What tools did you use to collaborate?

This was one of the most thought out processes of the entire collaboration. We wanted to use something that was easy to access both online and mobile, and something we all could actually use and be able to obtain and without any barriers.

For my team, UCF, we ended up utilizing Canvas e-mail and grouping system. We also used our UCF Knights e-mail accounts. For the Irish and French groups, they used their school e-mail accounts and Google Drive. None of us used Sulis, which was the collaboration tool that was suggested. By the time we all had access to Sulis, we were well on our way already utilizing our e-mail accounts and  WhatsApp, so we just subconsciously ruled it out.

Overall, we ended up corresponding via the WhatsApp text messaging system (UCF had our own group, then we had another for T3 Team),  our school e-mail accounts (using a grouping system), for UCF, we continued to use Canvas and Google Hangout for face-to-face meetings, used Google Drive for sharing files and documents, and Microsoft Word for creating the document itself.

The Full List

  • WhatsApp – text messaging
  • School E-mail accounts – group contacting
  • Google Drive – document and file sharing
  • Canvas (UCF) – messaging, group document sharing
  • Google Hangout – face-to-face conversations (UCF)
  • Microsoft WORD – document creation

I think all of these tools were effective in achieving our group goals. This was the first time I actually used WhatsApp with a group (I was accustomed to using one called GroupMe), Google Drive, and Google Hangout, so that was a learned lesson in itself. I know a lot of companies use Google apps and tools for collaboration, so it was a good thing that I had the opportunity to be able to use these. All of these tools are definitely something I can add to the resume later on. 🙂