My first collaborative project was formed on the 2nd week of my course back in Aug 2012. I was assigned together with 3 other students from different countries; Russia, Tanzania and Philippines. The good thing is we knew each other from a previous class that we had taken together. Getting started is always the toughest as everyone was hoping on each other. Nevertheless, we manage to start somewhere by initiating the first collaborative session through blackboard, our online platform and Skype. Skype was the preferred mode of communication as it seems to be more user friendly than the blackboard. We even upgraded the Skype account to enable us to communicate in a group format. Frankly speaking, it is never easy to pull everyone together with the time zone difference.
Furthermore, juggling between work and study is probably another challenge for all of us. Unlike normal student, we need to employ extra effort to come out with an agreeable timing for the discussion. The proposed timing that is suitable for one member might not be suitable for the other. Eventually, the group decided to stick with the Asian timing since we are way ahead than others. As we move along, we somewhat started with a rough vision on the Business Plan. We came out with an idea to establish a 3 Star hotel in China. All group members agreed on the idea. We narrow down this further by targeting the Second tier city in China. It was through PEST scanning that we agreed to have Fuzhou as the final destination. As the leader of the group, I proceed to set timeline for the weekly analysis based on the set question. The contributions from all group members and professors did add value to research.
In week 6, all group members were given a part to focus, and the goal is to have individual part submitted on December. This will allow one of the students who represents the group member’s voice for consolidation and modification. She did an excellent job by integrating the work in one piece. Though there was a challenging moment, it all went smoothly with everyone understanding and supporting each other. Finally, we reach to the end of our group project by a single click. The sleepless night we spend over the weeks is finally over, and Christmas is waiting. Conclusively, the experience that I gained from this group project is invaluable and may be useful for future intention. I enjoy the group interaction largely and will miss this virtual dealing for a long time.