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Group Work

by Martha Neth on 2023-11-13T10:12:58-07:00 | 0 Comments

If you didn't see the visiting artist talk last week by Deanna Marsigliese, you missed out!  One of the things that really stood out to me was her emphasis on being able to work as a team. We all hate group work in school, but it is really important to be able to work with others. 

We often assume that we are going to end up doing all the work. I have worked in a group where a group member just assumed nobody else would work and she took over and gave very little room for the rest of us to contribute. That may seem ideal, but it is not. Doing all the work is just as bad as doing none of the work. 

You need effective communication, including listening, discussing, and resolving conflicts. Also, you need diverse perspectives and skills in a group, leading to more creative and comprehensive outcomes.

In the real world, you get fired if you do nothing and you get an ulcer if you do too much!

The collective effort of a group can lead to greater productivity and better solutions than individual efforts. You develop essential skills like teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving, as well as the aspect of building professional relationships and networks through group collaboration.

Good group work includes  setting clear, achievable goals for the group. Managing time effectively, including regular meetings and setting deadlines is essential. Consider making a group appointment with the SLC to start. Use the tools at hand!  Google Docs allows you to work on the same document at the same time!

Remember that the people you work with in school are often people who you will work with in industry. Start networking now!


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