The final year first semester has already gone but I feel deeply and the harvest is plentiful. Here is my self-assessment for Media Industries 1 in this semester.
1. Regular blog entries throughout the semester
I believe that I have been blogging regularly. I wrote about two or three blog entries every week, and engaged with the ideas from group work process, which are relating to “Media Industries 1”. In addition, the blog entries are including my own research, meeting notes with both tutor and group and class reflection.
2. Demonstrate an ongoing engagement with reflective practice in the course
I engaged my thoughts and opinions with the group on Facebook group. In addition, I contributed my work for the group wit my creative and reflective thoughts.
3. Show considerable insight into your own development
For “National Identity within Cinema” research project, I had learnt more information both Bollywood and Australian cinema. Also I know more about the influences of globalization for film industry. Although we got some problems or mistakes during our project process, I still had learnt a lot about media industry but especially from the research project. As I mentioned, I had knew more about the information both Bollywood of Indian cinema and Australian cinema, especially go through with the four case studies.
In addition, I have challenged myself with different problems in this project. I believe this is a great opportunity for me to think the project critically and closely such as the national identities in different countries, the strategy for our project. And now I realized that the differences of both Bollywood cinema and Australian cinema are more than the similarities, this is based on the different histories of the nation and influence of globalization.
There are some aspects here to discuss and reflect on myself.
My role in our research project was “Group Manager”. This is the first time I am being a manager in a group. I believe that this is a really good opportunity for me to challenge myself with organizational group meetings, documents and structure, etc. As a part of group, I think I did a good contribution in terms of a manager, for example, I had wrote every meeting note (Meeting Minutes) for our group members to read and participate in the project and also for us to realize the problems of our project during the process.
I believe that the importance of communication in a group is the best way to solve problems during the process. Sometimes, we are hard to connect with Anton, and Nikki and me are very concerned about the project. Both of us tried different approaches to connect with him, even used all possible communication tools such as Facebook, What’s App, QQ, SMS, Phone Call, etc. We are tried our best to get in contact with him for our project process or problems’ solutions.
There are some screenshots from Facebook group below:
During the research progress, our group faced some problems, for example, our topic was very broad at the beginning. However, I believe that the progress is going well because I attended and organized for all group project meetings, and I’d like to write down my own schedule for the study to avoid the crash with other groups. In addition, I did a lot of research of our case studies in both Bollywood cinema and Australian cinema because I am not familiar the films at the beginning. Therefore, I did some research to know more background knowledge for the project.
Furthermore, I’ve engaged with this course well this semester. This is the progress of the whole semester that I have followed since the beginning. For example,
For the research strategies, I focused on “theory” of media industry in terms of “national identity within cinema” research sources for online theory materials such as e-books, articles, and journals, through the “Library Guide”. Further research, I go through RMIT’s “Library Search” as well as other online materials.
The strategies of online research was worked, however, I realized that if I used both online and offline (printed books or articles), it would works better for the project.
For personal learning strategies, I wrote down my own schedule for our group work to avoid clashing with other group work from different courses.
For the collaborative strategies, as the role of a manager, I documented all communications on the Facebook group as discussed with supporting communications such as phone call/SMS/What’s app/QQ to be used for reminders and in case of emergencies or last minute ordeals. Further, all the documents were shared on Google Drive which allowing access to all group members. Our group had meet consistently such as weekly meeting, and also scheduled further meetings as necessary. The strategies of collaboration were worked well in our group.
Problems and solutions (HD)
There are some problems that I faced during the process of the course. For example, we had some communication problems in the group because three of us are all international students with different cultures. However, good interpersonal skill is one of the essential qualities for media industry. I believe this statement is the truth in the process of the group research project. Because of the initial group work, our group only has three people to work with each other. Further, Nikki was very sick at the beginning because she got her knee problems. It is hard to get all of group members attend the tutorial and take notes from the class. After that, Anton had left with a few days because his grandpa passed away which is very sad. Thus, the process of our group is very behind with others. However, I recognized that I have to strengthen confidence with my own skills as a manager. At that time, language is the most effective tool to promote mutual feelings. It is not hard to talk with Nikki because she is my friend, so I just come to her place every week and help her catch up the course during the period of her injury. In addition, Nikki and I discuss our project and share the ideas and plan schedule for next steps, etc. Although our group members less than others, we meet consistently. I believe this is very good for teamwork, which helping each other and improving myself as well. Further, we keep touch with Anton as well because his personal issue and he cannot attend the meetings. We made a clear structure for him to review and easily follow the process of our project. This is improved a lot for group work.
Connections & Intersections (HD)
After the course of Media Industries, I believe this is the precious wealth and experience in my learning journey. There are many different skills that I had learnt throughout the course and group project, for example, the skills of solving problems, research and networking abilities, group interaction, organizational structure skills, and so on. The teamwork indeed provides me a really good opportunity to challenge myself and achieve the project as a group manager. Although I was struggled a lot from the start of the semester, I had improved myself in terms of solving different problems and also learnt from others. Further, I believe that group collaboration and time management are the essential aspects of the group project. It is hard to say that a group without the communication and sharing the ideas or feedbacks can solve the problems confidently.
The teamwork of the research project is a great experience for me to develop my different aspects skills. The spirit of teamwork is very important to my future work career. There is a Chinese idiom, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, and this course is the first step for my future working journey.
Overall Grade: HD