For this assignment, we were asked to collaborate on the idea of collaboration (ahhhh….so meta). Garrett and I met via Google Hangouts and Google Docs to collaborate our ideas.  We decided that instead of making a list of “guidelines” for collaboration, we wanted to categories some of the original statements.  We found that there were six areas: goals, leadership, group relationships, participation, decision-making, and evaluation.  We wrote explanations for each of those areas.

We wanted to makes a visual aid to go with` our thoughts about collaboration.  I suggested using MySimpleShow (MSS) to present.  We toyed around with the programs at little bit.  We quickly recognized that (MSS) isn’t multi-contributor friendly.  We found it was better to use Google Hangouts to screen share and talk through the process. While I was placing graphics into the slide show, Garrett was browsing images (using Google Image’s usage rights filter).  Our final step was to record the track, which we did in two separate sessions.

Below this video you will find the transcript.

Slide 1:  Group Collaboration:  Working Well Together

Slide 2: Collaboration is huge part of our lives: in the community, in our education, and in our jobs. The elements that contribute to successful group work are goals, leadership, group relationships, participation, decision-making, and evaluation.

Slide 3: Goals: Everyone on the team should understand and agree on the final goal, product, or outcome of the group.

Slide 3 con’t: If there are diverging goals and motivations for participating, the entire group should be aware of them. The final goal is important, but so is rapport and a friendly team spirit.

Slide 4: Leadership: There doesn’t always need to a declared leader, but it is important for someone to step forward and begin the group effort. Each group is different and different cultures, age groups, and personalities will prefer different styles of leadership.

Slide 5: Group Relations: Any criticism in the group should be constructive. Any conflicts between the team members should be resolved before they escalate into larger ones.

Slide 6: Participation: While each team is different, each team member should try to contribute as much as possible to the group. If a team member has responsibilities that keep them from fully participating in the project, they should inform their team-mates to avoid potential conflict.

Slide 7: Decision Making: Decisions within the group should be majority rule. Deliberation and discussion should be encouraged so that each member feels involved in the decision-making process.

Slide 8: Evaluation: Evaluation of the final project should reflect both the final project / outcome as well as the the individual effort that each group member contributes.

Slide 8: Con’t: Each team member can evaluate their efforts in a final reflection.

Slide 9: In practice We had the same goal took turns with leadership & participated equally. Decisions were a consensus so there were no conflicts.

Slide 9 con’t: In the end a self-evaluation determined we contributed equally.

Slide 10: Why did Chris make us do this? To give us the chance to improve our communication skills, exchange ideas & programs, & to practice working online as a team



1 Comment

  1. Hi Nikki,
    I like the way you and your partner worked together on your project. It is sort of meta in that it is a collaborative project about collaboration. Nice work on the slide show. I also particularly enjoy the descriptions of the different slides you include beneath the video. It helps to orient your reader.

    Chris Fliss and his group also did a really nice video. Have you seen it?

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