What's this Guide For?
Group assignments are easily one of the most frustrating parts of the semester for many people. Unfortunately, outside of university it is unlikely that you'll ever be working on anything alone. Teamwork is a skill that is important throughout our entire lives, and in some ways we should be thankful for the opportunity to practice it now.
That said, the entire process can be exhausting and difficult if you've got a team that doesn't know how to work with each other. This guide is here help assess how well your team works together, and give you tips on how to improve your group dynamic!
How to use this guide!
This guide features 4 mini quizzes to help evaluate how well your group is working together, and how to improve your team's habits for the better.
These quizzes are based off of the 8 major points outlined on the University of Guelph Library Website's article on Group Work. For more information, please visit: http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/get-assistance/studying/group-work-presentations/group-work
We know the purpose of the project.We know what this project is supposed to teach us.We know what skills we are supposed to be developing.We know how this assignment relates to our course.We know what we are supposed to produce at the end of this project.We know the format of the final project.We know where we can find support for this project.We know what resources we need to obtain as soon as possible.We know how are assignment will be assessed/graded.We know the main components of the assignment.We know if we will be all working on separate piece of the project, or if we will all be working towards a single final project together.We know if other groups will be working on similar projects/have similar ideas to our own.We know the deadlines for the project.
We have a Master List with everyone's names and contact info.We know what year/program everyone is in.We have a common goal/grade we'd like to achieve.We have talked about everyone's work styles, and objectives.We have talked as a group about what we think we need to have done for this assignment (shared our understanding of the project).Everyone has voiced one concern about working with the group.Everyone has voiced one hope about working as a group.Everyone feels like they are working to their personal strengths.We have negotiated the roles for each individual group member.We have decided on an expected length for our group meetings.
Everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to be doing.Meetings start at the appropriate time.Meetings end at the appropriate time.Objectives for each meeting are set clearly.We've set reasonable limits on brainstorming and planning activities.Tasks are broken down into chunks.Progress is frequently checked on.
Your group has set up a "code of conduct" for meetings.Roles and workload are spread out equitably.Everyone's work preferences are recognized.Warning signs of conflict are dealt with proactively.Group members are patient.Group members are inclusive.Decisions are made collectively and democratically.Group enjoys themselves and socializes outside of group meetings.TAs/course instructors are aware of group conflicts.