Area #04 Communication

One of my role at COLAB is to coordinate the COLAB-MINA lab which involves students and staffs collaboration, on-going projects and events between Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Netherland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and USA. In order to manage our meeting schedule and project management, I often use the following tools:
¬ Doodle to organise meeting
¬ Worldtimebuddy to synchronise time zone
¬ Skype or Hangouts to meet synchronously
¬ Hangous on Air to record meeting or online/in-situ presentations
¬ Bambuser, Vyclone, Vine or Masquerade to record off-line video and/or presentations
¬ Google Keep to record off-line text and/or sound 
¬ Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr or Pinterest to record off-line text and/or image
¬ Soundcloud, AudioBoom to record off-line audio and/or presentations
¬ FlipboardStorify or Google Slide to curate content
¬ Asana, Trello, Slack or Basecamp to assign specific mission or task and to keep accountability
¬ G+ Community to collaborate and/or exchange information
¬ Dropbox, wetransfer or Google Drive to co-edit or share documents

Based on the “other side of the world”, on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean known as New Zealand, implies to be collaborative and geographically open. In other terms, more than half of my work involves international projects and teamwork. While it is hard to provide evidence of face-to-face meetings, quick corridors or office conversations, please check some screenshots of the various tools mentioned above [ HERE ] in contrasting or singular situations. Another evidence is the #moco360 project which is an international group of like minded educators exploring the potential of mobile social media – and in particular mobile film-making, for collaborative design of transformative student learning experiences. One of the key outcome of #moco360 is the production of the video and libretto content for State of Being, performed by the Warwick Blair Ensemble. This project involved 102 people across three continents and four countries.

Another good way to demonstrate my willingness to collaborate and to communicate with others lies into my co-publications. [ HERE ] is a graph retrieved from my Research Elements which represents partially some of my co-writing cooperations.

Within various environment and context I use communication to achieve the following:
¬ To ascertain a relationship, a contact (noticeably important for online collaborations)
¬ To support progress and nurture confidence
¬ To stay focus, to maintain the agreed direction(s)
¬ To seek for feedback by regularly asking formal or informal questions
The aim being to create a good experience and to achieve any project successfully, with unnecessary stress or minor misunderstanding. As mentioned previously, I spend some extra care to address the four cited principles of communication when the project or the collaboration is exclusively online. For me, it is important to rigorously set some trust and openness to facilitate knowledge exchange and motivation.

By the way, don’t forget to [ CONNECT ] 🙂

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