Effective Teamwork in Student Groups
The goals of this section are to explore strategies and behavior of high-performing student project groups, and provide you advice on how to make your group project a successful and fun learning experience.
For a brief overview of this section, read the introduction to the Group Project Survival Guide, select Key Topics (2), and then hover over the leftmost icon. Click the icon to get a brief introduction to Effective Teamwork in Project Groups, and a portal to the eight “secrets” of high-performing project teams.
Alternatively, here are descriptions and links to each of the eight presentations (time duration in parentheses):
- Clarify Expectations at the Beginning of a Project (4:33) – describes five key questions you should ask each other before starting a group project.
- Get to Know Each Other Before Starting Work (1:35) – describes ways to jumpstart and build positive relationships between team members.
- Define Task and Process Roles (3:47) – describes ways to define roles and responsibilities that result in high-performing teams.
- Stay Connected Throughout the Project (3:08) – describes the various social network patterns that typically emerge in group projects, and how to avoid interaction problems.
- Deal with Conflict Early (4:30) – describes the various stages of team development (Tuckman) and the importance of anticipating and managing emerging conflict.
- Schedule an Appropriate Number of Productive Meetings (3:05) – describes five tips how to plan and conduct effective and efficient project meetings.
- Put it All Together with a Clear Plan (2:12) – most project teams tend to split up the work and then combine individual effort later—this presentation gives advice on how to make this divide-and-integrate strategy work.
- Avoid Doing Things at the Last Minute (2:44) – describes ways to avoid pulling all-nighters just before the project is due.
In each presentation (created in Macromedia Breeze), you can use the “Outline” tab to navigate to a specific part of the presentation, or the “Notes” tab to see a text transcript of each slide. At the end of each presentation there is a brief quiz to test your understanding.