Collaborate (a little)

For our group assignment we separated out the 10 statements and each did two or three of them. We had a google docs page that we all updated to with our revised statements. I of course on this one was last in getting my section done due to being on vacation and having limited internet access. I think it all went well. We did separate the statements up and each worked on a few. It would have been nice to work on them together face to face but a tricky aspect to online classes with people living far apart.

Small Group Communication Factors

Original 10 statements: 

Small Group Communication Factors

  1. The most important goal for a group in this class would be to complete the stated task(s).
  2. Groups are most productive when a leader steps forward to run meetings and allocate tasks.
  3. We should have a high degree of tolerance for group members who are late to synchronous meetings or do not attend due to other obligations.
  4. Creating friendships and completing the group task are equally important.
  5. Criticizing other group members should be avoided.
  6. Avoiding smaller conflicts is the best method to reduce conflict escalation.
  7. All group members should have identical goals and reasons for being involved.
  8. Majority rule is the best method of group decision making.
  9. If one group member is not pulling his or her weight, the other group members should confront that person together.
  10. Everyone in the group should receive the same grade for group projects.

Revised statements:

  1. The goal that a group in the class should focus on would be to complete the stated task(s) (by Abdulallah)
  2. Groups accomplish the most when one person steps in to lead meetings and divide tasks (by Abdulallah) ORIGINAL: Groups are most productive when a leader steps forward to run meetings and allocate tasks.
  3. We should allow for sometimes group members being late to synchronous meetings or do not attend due to previously scheduled matters. (by Abdulallah) ORIGINAL: We should have a high degree of tolerance for group members who are late to synchronous meetings or do not attend due to other obligations.
  4. The primary concern of group work should be collectively completing the assignment. Forming professional contacts is a valuable side effect of productive group work.(Sam)
  5. Constructive criticism between group members should be encouraged. Through questioning each others way of thinking we dive deeper into understanding the work and build off of each others strengths. (Sam)
  6. Confronting smaller conflicts as they occur is a good method to reduce conflict escalation. (Deana)
  7. Group members should acknowledge that others may have other goals and reasons for being involved. (Deana)
  8. When time is a factor majority rule from the group might be the best method for decision making, however, a consensus from the group would be appropriate if time is available for a collective agreement. (Maureen)
  9.  If a group member is not pulling his or her weight, speak to them directly and immediately about the task. (Maureen)
  10. Everyone in the group should receive the same grade for group projects. (Maureen)

Revision requests from Professor Lott:

Abdulallah made the google document and shared it with the group and we used twitter to assign/volunteer for each part of the assignment, giving each of us 2-3 factors to revise. 

Reasons why we revised each statement: 

  1. There is no most important goal now. There is only a goal in mind, and that is completing the stated tasks.
  2. Mostly just a change in language. Should be left the same.
  3. Same as above. 
  4. We are all busy, with work, families and other classes. While we are not opposed to the idea of friendship our primary concern is to complete group work as efficiently as possible. If we form professional relationships as a result that is an added bonus. 
  5. Groupthink is a dangerous thing, through encouraging constructive criticism of group members we protect against groupthink while ensuring that everyone provides their best work.  
  6. Addressing smaller conflicts as they occur is important.  All concerns should at least be acknowledged by the group.  If the concern affects the overall goal of the group, and time allows, the group should try to resolve the concern.  Ignoring what may seem “petty” or insignificant to the group invalidates what may be a sincere concern by another group member.  By ignoring the concern, the aggrieved member may perceive that he/she is not valued and his/her input is not important. Also, unaddressed concerns or growing discontent will build up and eventually implode and cause divisive turmoil within the group, making it less functional and effective.  
  7. Not all group members have the same goals.  Each member brings his/her own particular strength to the whole.  Some members may be content experts while others are the technical gurus.  Some may have genuine altruistic motives to be in the group and others may be more motivated by personal gain or recognition.  While each member may have individual goals or reasons for being in the group, every member should be valued for his/her contributions and willingness to work toward the identified goal and purpose.  
  8. If there is not enough time for the whole group to decide on a decision for a group project then a vote can be made and the majority vote can determine what is done.  If the project allows more time and the whole group does not agree on a decision then discussion and more collaboration can be done so that the group can come up with a consensus. 
  9.  If a team member is not pulling their weight then they should be talked to immediately.  Often times it seems like people get more frustrated and don’t actually confront the person about not helping and pulling their weight.
  10.  This statement was not changed.   

I agreed with the revised statements when they were made (Abdulallah)

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