Coming up with this research tool was somewhat debatable. The reason why is because, we wanted to come up with something important that can help people in situations they might not know how to handle. As a group, we began to discuss and think about different topics. We thought about a few things like how to use the subway, how to settle in the U.S, when coming from another country, or table manners. We felt that the topic on “how to use the subway” was all over the internet and apps were already made to help those who needed it.
Piotr coming from Poland actually helped us come up with the idea of how to settle in the U.S when coming from another country. He stated that this topic is hard because he wasn’t even sure himself. It was hard for him to settle here, especially because he didn’t even know the English language yet, and was a stranger to many people. We’ve done some research online and no helpful sites were found in the process for the non-English speaking immigrants with no family or friends in the U.S. If we did find research, it all started with searching the internet. What if the person doesn’t know how to use the internet? How can you ask someone for help when not knowing the English language? Many questions came to mind, but no research helped answer them.
As a result, we decided to choose table manners. It was a topic that we didn’t really want to choose at first. However, we began to think about it through a business sense. We decided making a site for business dining etiquette for students who are graduating and starting new and competitive careers. As students, we are so caught up with passing, getting high GPAs, and graduating we don’t think about how to prepare ourselves for the start of our new careers. Dining etiquette plays a key role in today’s business world. You will use these skills in everything from interviews and business meetings. And the way you present yourself can make or break you. Even if you have an outstanding resume and amazing in your interviews, your lack of knowledge of social etiquette can prevent you from receiving a good offer. For that reason, we created an easily accessible site for those last minute rules you may be unsure about doing when sitting with your boss, or colleagues. Additionally, we did not want to complicate the process of sitting in a fancy restaurant. We wanted it to be very simple and easy to understand without thinking so hard.
Because Liang knew how to make the Openlab site, he helped make one for our topic: “Business Dining Etiquette”. Piotr helped customize and create a beautiful theme to the site, so that it can look appealing and interesting to those who want to know about the etiquette of business dining. We did need some help from Professor Bielin to remove a few flaws on the site that was not needed. We removed the original widgets on the sidebar and put hyperlinks of each page (sections) we made. Once that was done we began to search the important parts of our topic, and started to put each part of the topic into pages on the site. In order: the proposal, table setting, general business dining rules, do’s and don’ts of dining, documentation, and work cited. We assign each other different sections, so that each person can have equal amount of work. Piotr did the proposal, and the table setting. Liang did the introduction, and the do’s and don’ts. I as in Nada, is doing the documentation process of our site, and the general business dining rules.
Before, we parted, we shared emails with each other in case if we had any questions, or concerns regarding this project. In our next meeting, we shared information we’ve found, and showed the work we’ve done to one another. Thankfully, as a group we are very understanding, and very helpful. As soon as the site was almost completed. We cited the sources we’ve used and continued onto making our PowerPoint. It was very basic and easy to do because all our work was already done. We just had to basically make an outline of our work. Furthermore, for our presentation, since, we’ve done our own sections of the topic of business dining etiquette, we’ve decided to assign each other the same sections we’ve posted on the site, since it’s easier for each person to talk about what they’ve written.
This project wasn’t so hard after all. As long as each member of the group agreed on a topic, it’s much easier to discuss and talk about. If you all didn’t agree on one thing, you wouldn’t want to work together, and conflicts will definitely occur. If one person doesn’t do anything, it’s unfair for the other members who have to do all the work. Don’t forget each member gets the same grade.