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Wednesday, August 11, 2004
What does my role tell me?
The Coordinator indicates that I keep things organised and probably that I’m a bit of a control freak. It tells me that I like to set and encourage direction, that I’m task orientated and that I’ll put forward ideas readily but be wanting to verify other peoples ideas by how practical they are and how we can achieve them. It tells me that I will probably make a lot of contributions – maybe more than are necessary!

Why would I use Queendom exercise?
I’d use it as a way for team members to get to know each other, to get an idea of what to expect from each other and to give an idea of responsibility for a role within the group as a means of initiating a feeling of value and belonging in the group.

How will our team overcome its weak areas?
With lots of communication online and possibly with an adaptation of our most comfortable team roles eg, I don’t think I can be a coordinator without being at the face-to-face meetings. My contributions will be different, I won’t be leading, I will be being more of a Team Member, conversely, other members will have to step up and take control and set direction when it isn’t their natural behaviour – a good challenge for all of us.

posted by Tanya 2:39 AM
Monday, August 09, 2004
Week 1 (this was actually done on 7/08/04 but blogger wouldn't publish it)

My experience at uni is the first week always freaks me out and then you realise it’s all going to be okay. So I’m a bit freaked out now, relying on other people, out of my control-out of my comfort zone. But I reckon once we have somewhere to aim and something to focus on, it won’t be that bad.

Project wise doesn’t seem too much beyond what we can do already. Have also seen a great e-learning induction program at work which is not beyond out ability to create and is very effective – although its not retail – but we’ve got Ben.

I seem to get the impression that not being in class will present extreme difficulties for me and my group. But you haven’t really tested collaboration if you don’t put any barriers in the way. People communicate and collaborate in the work force online all the time in the workplace and it works, why are we so scared to try it at uni?

But I am relying on other people and I can’t expect them to be as motivated as me coz I’ve got the most riding on my theory being correct. Freaked out about that, I have no plan B, be I’m sure it will present itself if required.

Anne says I should expect animosity but I’m not going to. Am paranoid as it is waiting for someone to reply to my posts!

Generally group work is great, more ideas, easier ( or more focused) work load, and lots of fun. Looking forward to it.

Team Process:
I’m hoping it’ll be a couple of intense face-to-face planning and sustaining sessions and a lot of online ‘little things’. Great working next door to Nikki- great face-to-face opportunity for me!

Think there will be lots of team work at the start and end and not much in between. That’s the general group work thing at uni.

posted by Tanya 1:33 PM