Organising Group Projects
Philosophy of group projects.
Working in groups, involves shared and learned values, resources, and ways of doing things. Effective groups learn to succeed by combining these factors. However, each group, and each individual, will only be as effective as they are willing to embrace and respect differences within the group.
Interaction within the group is based upon mutual respect and encouragement.

Often creativity is vague. Ideas are important to the success of the project, not personalities. A group's strength lies in its ability to develop ideas individuals bring.

Conflict can be an extension of creativity; the group should be aware of this eventuality. Resolution of conflict balances the end goals with mutual respect. In other words, a group project is a cooperative, rather than a competitive, learning experience.

The two major objectives of a group project are:
What is learned: factual material as well as the process
What is produced: written paper, presentation, and media project

Processes involved in a group project:
Self-introductions: interests & qualifications
Determine convener and clerk, as well as recorder of meetings

Set group communications: Frequency & means
  • Face to face meetings: Time and location.
  • Telephone: List numbers & convenient times.
  • Email: addresses –distribution lists.
Summarise objectives.
Each member writes down two or three main objectives of the project.
Group compares and agrees upon objectives.

Determine process to achieve objectives
  • Project planning tools (Gantt, Perth ).
  • Project production tools -word processing, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Stages of development.
  • Timeline.
  • Assign sub-groups
Research
  • Library research.
  • Field research.
Analyse research
  • Planning for gaps.
  • Requests for assistance.
Outline Outcome
  • Opening paragraph.
  • Individual topics.
Write/Compile presentation
  • Opening paragraph.
  • Body.
  • Closing arguments.
Create bibliography
  • Review and evaluate.
  • Summarize.
  • Rehearse presentation.
  • Present final product.

Good Luck!