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Global Collaboration Project (GCP): The Final Frontier

This is it! The final week of our Global Collaboration Project with Red River College. It won't be my final post, however. I plan on writing a final summary post next week to synthesize all of my thoughts and the things I've learned in this project.

For now, I want to talk about how our progress is going in this final stretch of the project as we work to finish things up.

I've, personally, been hard at work finishing up a Webquest for our overall project!

This is aimed at middle-aged children to teach them how ocean pollution reaches the oceans and what they can do to help combat it. The Webquest has students engaging in a ton of activities over a period of time all about pollution! They'll do a fun experiment, do some research, engage in RWLD's, and create videos and presentations!

The rest of our project is all about finishing up our web presence for ocean pollution with a focus on education and the spread of information!

I'll start by stating the obvious: Global Collaboration is hard. In my specific case, it started fairly hard and kept being a challenge. The challenges we face have just changed.

I've come to the realization now that one of the biggest problems facing us in regards to Global Collaboration is the idea of expectations. I, for example, am a huge overachiever. I always am and always have been, and it's not something that's easy for me to turn off.

Not everyone is like that, though. Usually, when working more locally, there's more efficient communication, and our expectations for the work level can be discussed immediately, setting everyone up on the same level. In the case of Global Collaboration (my experience; everyone's experiences are different), the rocky communication makes workload expectations harder, and for someone like me it can be frustrating. It might not feel like everyone's pulling their weight, but in reality we're all pulling different weights.

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