What is your team experiences in a group project, and what did you get out of completing a virtual group project?
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As an instructor in several online classes, I can tell you that group projects can be challenging. Without face to face communication, there are often misunderstandings. Also, there are sometimes people who just kind of drop out of sight. The keys to success are communication and clear expectations. And patience!
I agree with the post above on how difficult working in a group can be. From division of labor to communication between members, being a part of the team can be stressful and demanding.
My first team experience was being in a group of 7 very distinct individuals. We weren't initially given any criteria or guidelines that we would be graded upon. Although we roughly divided up the assignment and tried to carry out the given parts individually, everything became incoherence once put together. That's when we realized the significance of team communication and sat down to figure out what we have been doing wrong. The issues we came up with were lack of communication, unclear division of work and most importantly the missing leader. One of our group members was voted to take charge and be responsible for putting everyone's parts togehter. The leadership made the assignment much easier and we all successfully completed the work.
I've been a on a few virtual group projects and there were challenging to say the least. In retrospect, there were three difficulties.
First, since there is little relationship at times and no physically meetings, it is hard to gauge how good people are at what they are supposed to do. For this reason, the work gets hindered, if the person is not good. Moroever, if all contribute to some degree, the work is uneven in terms of quality, which can be annoying.
Second, since there is no physical office space, all people work at different speeds. Some were quicker than other. So, when I finished my portion, others were still working, which I found to be a challenge.
Finally, some people do not take virtual group projects all that seriously. For this reason it is not uncommon that one person does most of the work.
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