Hi Everyone, sorry I missed this chat, I was at uni
Oh goodness I just finished two group assignments so this would have been super beneficial before, but I will take everyone's tips on board for next semester.
Here are my answers
What strategies can be used to foster the best effort from everyone in the group?
I think similar to what everyone has been saying, have a discussion where people can identify strengths. I remember one class that was really good, the tutor gave us an exercise which helped people work out if they were a leader, an organizer, a researcher etc. Then we walked around the room trying to create a group that had one of each. I would recommend asking people what role they think they are, it worked really well.
What are some strategies to prevent unnecessary conflict?/If it does arise, what are some ways of managing conflict in a group?
Making sure everyone is heard, and when in doubt use teachers and tutors to help bring everyone's focus back. Recently I worked in a group where everyone had their own thoughts on what we needed to do, I asked the tutor over and they gave us guidance which stopped the conflict and got us back on track.
What skills do you reckon are most beneficial for group work/activities?
Be adaptive, collaborative, leadership and team work. I have found unfortunately that because i am really passionate about learning and getting the most out of my studies I end up having to do all the work, so I am learning to take a step back and let others pick up the slack.
What is the greatest challenge you have had in a group?
Every group seems to bring about more and complex challenges hahaha
However one comes to mind where one group member did a completely different task, nothing to do with the assessment, when we said we couldn't use it, they then submitted separately to the tutor, it was kinda funny because the tutor was polite and said thank for the extra work but the group had already done everything.
What is the greatest success you've had as a group? What was different from the more challenging situation? I recently had to present on an innovative way of volunteering. My group was really great and let us focus on how we can increase allies for LGBTQIA not-for-profits, as they know this is a massive passion of mine. They were not LGBTQIA themselves but worked really hard on the presentation and shared personal stories of how proud they are to be an ally. On the day of the presentation they wore rainbow clothing as an act of support.
How do you tell the difference between a group member not participating because they don't care vs. them not participating because they don't feel they can add value to the group? It's not always easy to tell! What would you do in each situation?
I think you can find out that out by being curious to get to know what is happening for them outside study, and also talking through their ideas, often by validating and hearing their perspective they will become more motivated and get on board with the team.
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Okay I'm jumping in on this!!
Hot potato, mashed banana, or cold spaghetti?
Without a doubt - hot potato (with sour cream and cheese )
What colour car do you drive? (If you don't drive, what colour would your dream car be?)
I drive a white car
Can you point your fingers and do the twist?
Uhh...this is me pretty much any chance I get.
What's your favourite thing to put in a fruit salad? (Yummy, yummy! )
If you were a pirate, what would your name be?
Uhh...that's a hard one. Maybe Captain Cheese (because whenever I introduce myself people say "Ooooh, Bre - like the cheese?)
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