Role and tasks
The main issue that I had to deal with during the project is the near absence of the action plan. The plan should consists of a number of action/steps that need to be performed in order to reach the research project’s objectives. Due to the absence of an action plan, we wasted time/efforts by either doing nothing or doing things that are irrelevant. Besides, the research project workload was not divided between us in a fair manner. This is mainly due to the absence of both a solid project schedule and a project manager/leader. The role of a project manager should be supporting team members and assigning tasks to them. As a result I wasn’t able to contribute to the project's progress as it was expected from me.
Regarding my contribution to the project, before everything, I read various papers about Embodied conversational agents (ECAs) in order to have a clear idea about the subject. Also, I have helped writing and reviewing deliverables. Generally, my duty throughout the project was supporting and helping the team in various aspects such as conducting the experiment, writing and reviewing papers.
Moreover, my activities throughout the research project were: 1. Do online research on ECAs and education 2. Brainstorm about the topic of research 3. Help writing and reviewing papers (P1-P8) as well as making presentation slides 4. Work on the experiment’s settings such as questionnaire- online survey 5. Help conducting the experiment at a primary school 6. Help analyzing experiment’s data and calculating results 7. Help preparing the presentation (Research Design presentation and Final presentation). For the other members: 1- Konstantinos Chronopoulos and Timur Carpeev were in charge of designing and creating the avatar. 2- Adnan Ramlawi was in charge of translating the questions to Dutch and arrange all experiment settings with the primary school. 3- Tatiana Cristea was in charge of analyzing results and creating graphs and charts.
Communication and coordination
Because Communicating on a daily basis was important, we created a whatsapp group. The whatsapp group was used to arrange when we, as a group, would go online to work on our assignments together. When we go online, we use Skype or google doc to work on the deliverables simultaneously and communicate .We all use Google Drive to share material that we have for the project.
I believe that the collaborative and individualistic working style are two sides of the same coin. Sometimes we have to work alone and sometimes we have to work with others. Also, it depends on many aspects such as the type of project, resources and culture of the team members. Our research project depended on collaborative work more than individualistic style. However, we faced some obstacles during the project. Some of these obstacles are conflicts of interests, lack of...