To be a successful team you will need to learn to listen to other perspectives, communicate and ask questions, negotiate and problem-solve while setting goals and dividing work. Your team will have varying skills levels, so a little patience and a calm approach will go a long way to the success of the project.
Understand academic integrity expectations for the project. Depending on your instructor's directions, your group may all work together and present together or you will work in a group but turn in your own assignment. It's important that all members understand and abide by the rules of academic honesty. View the NBCC Academic Integrity policy.
When there is a shared sense of responsibility and each member feels they have an important role, everyone is more apt to equally contribute. Here is Group Info & Timeline Template.
Presenting in a group can be harder as you need to rely on others and work together as a cohesive team to give a successful presentation.
“Employability Skills”, “Teamwork Skills” and “People Skills” are essential skills you will need to enter and advance in the workplace. This step-by-step guide will help you to:
Conflict and tension. Since we all have opinions, they can sometimes create tension. Give each person the time to explain their viewpoint. There is often more than one way to do something, carefully look at the assignment and chose the direction based on the easiest way to include everyone and get the best result.
Not going in the same direction. Having a clear plan with a written document of each person's task will help to eliminate team members going off in their own direction.
Silent team member. Sometimes not everyone feels comfortable speaking up in a group. When giving everyone time to speak make sure to listen and give acknowledgment to their contributions.
When your team breaks down and you are no longer able to resolve the issues within the group, you may need to involve your instructor.