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: Development of Skills and Competencies – Pt. 1

Q: What were the most valuable things you learned from doing the project?

I think the most valuable thing I learned was working with an international team. Throughout my technical writing courses, I’ve worked with groups, but this was different because we had to deal with certain things such as time zones, language barriers (as in, British Standard English and American Standard English), and working with students translating documents. It also made me think about certain situations, such as emergencies. We came close to one during our group (more details here), but fortunately, all ended well. If it was more serious, then it would have definitely changed the dynamics of the group and the project overall.