by Anna Rolinska
Yesterday, on Sunday the IUG student applicants took an English test, which allowed the assessment of their language proficiency for the purpose of participating in the EAST project. 16 applicants were successful and so today they logged into the WizIQ room to meet Bill and myself for the intro to the project. It was a great pleasure to meet them, hear them speak and even see some of them on the webcam.Suddenly it all became very real and despite having participated in such sessions many times it always fills me with wonder to experience how technology allows people who are countries and time zones apart to meet and talk together as if they were in the same room. Well, almost the same room as there was a bit of background noise throughout the session and on occasions using the text chat was a more reliable option when asking questions than the audio chat.
- To allow IUG and UoG to gain experience of online working (which will enable a more far reaching IUG / UoG collaborative programme in future years)
- To raise awareness among our students about the situation in Palestine
- required time commitment throughout the course
It’s hard to assess how much time exactly the students will need to participate in the project; the constructive criticism task may take around 2 hours to complete but this will be distributed over the course of a few days; the skype meetings with UoG students are likely to take up to an hour each; the students are expected to communicate with each other frequently enough to keep up the momentum so time needs to be allocated to the asynchronous communication; the final presentations will probably take up the whole morning. To sum up, the total time may amount to 10-15 hours but we need to remember it will be spread out over the whole month and most of the contact will be asynchronous so there is a lot of flexibility.
- dates and times when one needs to be online
At the moment, the only part of the project that has been scheduled and would require the IUG students to be present at a given time and day is the final videoconference during which UoG students give the final presentations. This is going to take place on 31 August in the morning/early afternoon of UK time. The students are also required to meet up online with their UoG groups in the first week of the project (starting 4 Aug), most probably Wed-Thu, but the exact date and times are subject to negotiation. As mnetioned above most of the communication and collaboration will take place asynchronously, which means there is flexibility when students log on. We would expect though that they log into the online spaces often enough to ensure smooth progress.
- online spaces used during the project
We’ll be using a few online spaces, for example a Padlet to share scenarios and Google Docs for the constructive criticism task (links will be provided in due course) but the closed Facebook group will be the hub of the activity, a communication channel between the project team and students as well as students themselves
- availability of the presentation slides
The slides are now available on the website, under Project Documentation tab or by clicking this link.