As a student in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii, Manoa in the Learning Design and Technology program, I’ve learned that collaboration is an important concept in this field of study.

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Dr. Bert Kimura is a professor at UH Manoa as well as a lecturer at Kansai University in Japan.  He has conducted other collaborative projects with the students from both institutions, so the instructions for the assignment were clear.  In fact, he has published Authentic Learning and Collaboration with Web 2.0 Technologies with colleagues Mary Kimura, Curtis Ho, and Kenichi Kubota.  The purpose of this study was to discuss the outcomes of the collaborative video projects between students at Kansai University and University of Hawaii.  The results of this study were actually different than the experience I had in the Collaborative Video Project with our team.

First, Kimura et al. state, “Most oral communication students indicated that they were nervous speaking English with Hawaii students for the first time.”  Two out of the three Kansai students that we were paired with were eager to speak English and did so quite well.  They were not shy and comprehension was high.  Although one of the students did not speak during our meetings, he had participated in the project last year and was familiar with the process.  He contributed through translation by the other team members.  The team member that had not participated in project previously was a woman who spoke English well and was very easy to communicate with.  So, these students may have felt nervous, but it didn’t show nor slow down the process of communication.

Secondly, Kimura et al. state, “Students who participated in the CVP realized the need for good leadership, time management, scheduling in different time zones and selecting tools that best facilitated communication.”  Luckily, our group was full of leaders.  On the Hawaii end, Kainoa was quick to jump in and set up our Google Hangout and Google Document.  Kitty, was quick with the schedule and time zones.

Finally, in regards to collaborating on the story, Sayuri was eager to share ideas as well as Junta.  Although Kazuki wasn’t speaking directly, they were translating his input.  Sayuri let us know from the beginning that they wanted to be the Humuhumu team.  It was a funny word to them so we all agreed.  This got us started on having some fun fish graphics in the beginning and end of the video with humuhumus and the Japanese golden fish.  Kainoa put together the animated introduction and close.  We all liked that very much.  Because Junta and Kazuki had done a video the prior year, we talked about what we liked about it and agreed to go with a food sharing theme on social media.  Because we had six people, we decided to break up the scenes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Hawaii and in Japan and use foods that were well known in these places.  Then we chose different forms of social media to share our food photos with friends.

I personally helped in offering storyline ideas that we developed as a group during our meetings and I offered to edit the final video due to my experience with video editing.  We were all happy with the final product.  Here’s a look at our Kansai Hawaii Collaborative Video Project:

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