is a necessity for learning. Without some level of frustration, there is no
learning. When you struggle to learn something new, you are going to feel
frustrated. When you get new information or facts that requires an update of your
way of thinking, it causes frustration.

Capdeferro & Romano are investigating frustration in online collaborative learning. Their research shows that there is a lot of frustration involved in collaborative work. The frustration is of various type, mostly poor group work ethic, uneven workload and imbalance between commitment and responsibility. It is fair to say, it is not the online environment or challenges with digital tools, which rise frustration, but rather poor group dynamics, bad communication and unshared views of the goal.

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My PBL group focused on how teachers can motivate students to explore the values of a successful collaborative work, and in addition why it is important to surround yourself with a good personal learning network. We decided to compile experiences of the values of collaborative work as short videos. I felt a lot of frustration when doing my contribution. Firstly, because my experiences of successful group work are from outside work or study life. Secondly, English is not my first or second language, and I feel brainless trying to express myself. The third source of frustration was making the video. I wanted to film outdoors, since our campus is located close to the bay and nice nature and views. It was impossible because the wind and the seagulls drowned my voice. Instead, I filmed in a boring conference room. When trying to upload the clip, my 2 minute clip was 10 x bigger than the allowed size in Padlet. Obviously, I had no patience to google solutions for me on Friday afternoon, so I did what I usually do – I called my brother. The process to upload the clip to YouTube, took 20 (!) minutes. I wanted to keep the clip private and only share the link. It didn´t work in padlet, so I had to make the clip accessible to anyone. I can assure you that the amount of frustration was high at this point!

Oh well. I
still claim that frustration is a necessity for learning and growing. One of
the respondents in Capdeferro & Romero´s report states: “I feel frustrated when I work with people who are more
competent than me and I become more and more aware of not being at their level.”
This is a rewarding kind of frustration. When you surround yourself with people,
you can learn from, it might increase the feeling of frustration in the short
run, but in the long run it will help you broaden your knowledge.

My life hack is that
you should always try to get into situations where you feel that you are the
most stupid. If you think you are the smartest in a room, either it is the
wrong place to be, or it is time to look yourself in the mirror and peel off
the arrogance.

Embrace the frustration!