Technology Mapping

 

This was a very interesting exercise for me. I spend a lot of time, especially during tax season, online! Whether it’s for work or because I can’t make it to the store to get groceries.

I really enjoyed reading the Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement (White & Cornu, 2011). I found the way that Residents versus Visitors was broken down, really opened my eyes to my usage habits online. “Residents see the web primarily as a network of individuals or clusters of individuals who in turn generate content” (White & Cornu, 2011). This quote has really stuck with me….

I have normally used online tools to keep in touch with friends and family all over the world. Once I had my son, I felt like most of my friends disappeared. It was the strangest thing, everyone was excited and happy for me, and then boom! Gone. To be fair, I was busy with a baby, but for some of my friends to vanish from my physical life, was a tough thing to go through. Being online and using Social Media tools, showed me what I was no longer a part of. I was hurt and it was hard. It made me not enjoy going on and using some of the tools.

Once I started my own accounting firm, I told myself I needed to get back to those tools and use them regularly again. I needed them to get the word out. I feel like my usage of Social Media, just as one example, has changed so much in just one short year. I went from being a very Personal user to being much more of an Institutional user.

When it comes to my online shopping, oh boy! I hope you all have Amazon stock! “…go into the shed to select the appropriate tool which they use to attain their goal.” (White & Cornu, 2011). This is me in a nutshell! I get my To Do’s for the day and everything I can do online, quickly and efficiently, I do! Time is of the essence around here, especially in April!

This map sums me up, I hope you all can understand a little bit more about me.

 

References

White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday16(9). https://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Symposium Reflective Blog Post

Farewell first week!

This week was an interesting week, as I was able to watch 12 videos this week. Some were live and some were recordings. I found it interesting that I actually preferred the live sessions versus the recorded sessions. I found myself enjoying the conversation and questions, following with other students thoughts and then trying to add to those questions or conversations. 

There was one presentation that I found especially intriguing, it was the “Key Success Factors for Virtual Teams” by Trish Dyck. As someone who has been involved with teams for majority of my life, whether through sports, online education, or work, I was very drawn to this topic. The idea of approaching learning with “a sense of curiousity” (Dyck, 2019) in order to figure out what style of teamwork works for me, was eye opening. I have always been a consistent learner, no matter what the type of educational delivery, I always followed the same pattern. I am very eager to try out some of the processes that Trish mentioned, including; “building a structure for the team, looking at relational processes, and using a team agreement to build a psychologically safe space” (Dyck, 2019).

Building a “psychologically safe space” (Dyck, 2019) was something that really triggered me. For good and bad reasons. Good because I feel like this is such an important concept and something that is not really considered when working in groups. There is this fairness and sense of equality between peers that should be prevalent. Bad because I have been that person that didn’t comfortable sharing due to feeling threatened and judged by my peers.

Once I finished this session, I started looking into the idea of a “psychologically safe space” (Dyck, 2019). I found this great article written in Forbes called “How To Build Work Cultures of Psychological Safety Rather Than Fear” (Caprino, 2018). Caprino’s article was an interview with Amy Edmondson and to say that I was blown away is an understatement. There were so many great points that allowed me to continue on my thoughts regarding this topic. “They are less worried about protecting their image and more focused on doing great work” (Caprino, 2018). This seems a like an obvious concept, and yet, teammates suffer. I believe we need to start with trust. By building trust, we may be able to avoid a normal course of human nature to be defensive and cautious. 

I found this one line summarized what I need to focus on within the “building a structure” (Dyck, 2019) phase with my teams, “Building a culture of psychological safety, paradoxically, starts with being open and explicit about the many challenges that lie ahead” (Caprino, 2018). This ties to having aligning personal and team goals and focusing on the “relational processes” (Dyck, 2019) in order to have a strong team structure built on trust by integrating an effective team agreement. 

 

References:

Dyck,T. (2019,April 17). Key Success Factors for Virtual Teams. Retrieved from

             http://ow.ly/W3ap50qIsg7

 

Caprino, K. (2018, December 20). How To Build Work Cultures Of Phsychological Safety Rather Than

             Fear. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2018/12/20/how-to-

             build-work-cultures-of-psychological-safety-rather-than-fear/#16e896186f69