Effective group work can be an excellent cooperative learning tool. Team members typically bring different perspectives to a subject and with that, a platform is created to understand a topic better.
In my research class, we were recently asked to analyze a compendium of evidence-based practices. The following are things we did to enable effective group collaboration:
- Selection of a group leader
Although it was not required, we selected a group leader who would be able to communicate on behalf of the team. The group leader ensured that set deadlines were met.
- Group chat
We exchanged phone numbers and created a group chat to get speedy responses to pressing inquiries from team members.
- Google Docs
Google docs is a free web-based application that provides group members ability to share, edit and manage projects.
Each member was able to access the same document and edit it in real time.
- Face to Face
We created an agenda prior to face to face meetings. Agenda’s ensured that team members were on topic, therefore, helping our time management.
I wish you success in your groups!