It’s May 2015 already, the year has gone by so quickly and my final college exams for my last year in DIT are coming to a close. It has been an interesting year to say the least. There was one module that was the most interesting in my last semester and I have to say it was my Virtual Environments module. It has been an experience I have never had and that is something I know I can take away with me. To recap in one of my very first blog posts about the module I discussed my expectations, here is what I thought would happen:
“I hope to be able to expand on my technological knowledge by the end of the module. I hope that I will have learned to communicate and work collaboratively in a cross-cultural environment by working with my SL friends from DIT and SL friends from Akron University.”
This is something I have felt that my group and I have definitely achieved. It was a challenging task, but I learned a lot more than I would have expected to. Firstly, my technological knowledge has expanded greatly, I now know how to use word press and create a blog, which I think is a very good skill to acquire. I have also learned how to use Second Life and most of the intricacies that come along with it. A tool that I feel has really helped my confidence with presentations online is the speaker tool on Second Life. I found that gradually over the first couple of weeks I was shy to use voice, but after a while I got used to the idea, and now I am more comfortable to speak when I have something to say. Secondly, one of the hardest challenges I think I have learned was working with people I have never met before who live thousands of miles away on a different Time Zone to us. Communicating with the Akron Students has presented some difficulties with timing schedules and roles in our group, so I think the most important thing I have learned from this is patience. I have had to bite my tongue on many occasions to keep the peace, but I have also learned to speak up when necessary, and I think these skills have enabled our group to complete our project and presentation smoothly, and this is something I have learned from this module.
This module has been beneficial to us because I feel all of these skills of being able to communicate with people across the world and online, will be something we will probably have to regularly in future employment. For example online conference calls and presentations, these skills will be very useful to us and this module has given me the confidence to engage in a job that uses the virtual world as a means of communication.
As linked to us in the virtual environments blog there was an article explaining why and how we should “clean up” our online content for future employment (link below) and I definitely agree its something we as a society need to be aware of. However I will not be “cleaning up” any content from this blog that I have written about this class because I am quite proud of it. It is the first time I have ever written a blog and I must say I really enjoyed the experience even though it pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I feel that this module and the content I have written, is something that I feel okay to leave in the World Wide Web, as it has been a beneficial experience for me.
Lastly I would like to thank all of my Virtual Environment lecturers for their guidance and interesting discussions over the past few months. I hope we made the experience just as enjoyable as you did for us. I hope to be able to use this experience for my future endeavors in the REAL WORLD (wow how scary).
P.S Here is me setting up our presentation. Wish me good luck!!