This assignment brought to light many issues of digital inequality I was not aware of before. The extensive research we conducted was very interesting to me as I have always thought that the United States has the best Internet services in the world. It was amazing to discover how many problems still exist and need to be solved.
We used many technologies such as Google hangouts, Google docs, Internet browsers, Google presentation which allowed coordination and collaboration. Well, the on-going party congress here in China proved to be crippling for my VPN and I had to contact my VPN provider several times to be able to access even Google doc.
The synchronous chats and video calls have been a bit challenging due to the time differences but sacrificing an hour of sleep at night or in the morning made it possible to chat a couple of times discuss things that needed to be done. Although time differences have been a challenge this also presented an opportunity for having some work done on a rotating 24 hour basis.
In my opinion when trying to solve issues of digital inequality it is of utmost importance to take into account the views of all stakeholders if we want to create a learning 21st century society where nobody feels marginalized. What else did I learn from this assignment? I learned that team effort brings synergy into the final product as group members have different competencies and only good cooperation can make those melt into a bigger and meaningful final result.
Our team chose Option 6 as the most viable, meaningful and sustainable option that will benefit various members of the community. I learned a lot about the policies and regulations in place to utilize technology in the United States and also learned how this compares with the European Union and China.
I can see great potential in transferring the knowledge of integrated tools to my online students as they find group projects very challenging. Those skills can also be used in solving departmental and school-wide issues in small task groups, including different stakeholder group representatives and thus weighing the various views when making a final decision.