For me, group projects like the IDU are often hit or miss. Everything really depends on the people I’m expected to work with, and they’ll often determine how much effort I put into a project, how serious I take the topic, and what responsibilities I take on. In this project, I was working with hard workers who I knew a little bit but wasn’t close friends with. I think this resulted in a good balance of my taking my work seriously and still being engaged in the project. Overall, I think I deserve Satisfactory for my collaboration in this project. I feel that I took on somewhat of a leadership role in the IDU for my group, and I did a good balance of delegating responsibilities whilst still doing a fair amount of work myself. I also think my attitude was fine with my group mates, and I tried to be cheerful without allowing us to get to off task.
In group projects, I generally excel in leadership roles. I’m a natural leader, and I’ve learned how to take on responsibilities and delegate jobs evenly to my group mates. I also think that I’m good at listening to others and incorporating their ideas and input, but I can always improve. In terms of personal strengths, once I start working on a piece of work, I finish it. I’m willing to work for long periods of time on a project, but I also know when to take breaks so that I don’t get swamped or lose too much enthusiasm. Although I think I generally pretty good when it comes to group work, there are still areas I definitely can improve on. For example, although once I start working, I continue working, it’s getting started, that’s the most difficult. I often procrastinate work, so in order to counter this, I try to make plans about when I’ll do certain assignments and research, but often I would still push back my plans to adjust for my laziness. I also think I could work on my open-mindedness in terms of working with different people. Sometimes when I work with people who I really don’t want to work with, I’ll tend to put in much less effort. I don’t care as much about the project or assignment, and I want that to change.
In group projects, one of if not the most important aspects of the project is the collaboration of the members and chemistry within the group. Group projects are also a great place to learn about how collaboration can be used and what it’s used for. Being able to collaborate is an incredibly valuable skill that is used constantly in people’s lives. Learning how to collaborate now will help me later on in life, as anytime I ever work with a group or another person, I’ll use skills around collaboration. Whether that’s in school, at work, or in my family, collaboration and knowing how to work with other people is very important.
Collaboration consists of 7 norms that have to be done to collaborate effectively. These 7 norms about collaborative work and called “The 7 Norms of Collaborative Work”. The norms are,
- Posing Questions
- Putting Idea’s on the Table
- Providing Data
- Paying Attention to Self and Others
- Presuming Positive Intentions
These 7 norms are all very important, however, in my opinion, I believe some are more important than others. First of all, I think the most important norm is 6. Paying Attention to Self and Others. This norm implies that you should be making sure that everyone in the group, including yourself, is being incorporated, is working, and understands what is happening. I believe this to be the most important because if you’re paying attention to others than that implies that you will be paraphrasing and pausing to help others catch up when they need it, you’ll be asking questions to create understanding for yourself, and you’ll be providing ideas and data to support that idea’s so that one can best help the group. Because of this, I think that 1,2,3,4, and 5 and not as important, especially 1 and 2 because they’re included in norm 6. Also, very important is presuming positive intentions. If one’s not presuming that everyone’s trying their best to help, it will lead to contention within the group and will make everything fall apart. Overall, my group, I believe, successfully implemented these norms, which lead to a good dynamic within the group. I think we most easily implemented putting ideas on the table and presuming positive intentions, as I think there was a good degree of trust in the group, and we all were knowledgeable about our target. It was more difficult for us to provide data as well as pausing and paraphrasing. Data was difficult was very difficult because we were given a limited amount of data and told we couldn’t collect anymore that would be more specific to us. Pausing and paraphrasing was difficult because all of us were knowledgeable about the project, so it seemed like maybe sometimes people didn’t want to show that they were confused, so it was often hard to tell when I need to pause or paraphrase an idea for somebody. Overall though, I think the 7 Norms of Collaboration were implemented in my group pretty well.
Overall, I think that the IDU project was successful in terms of collaboration. It helped me learn both about inclusivity and how to work well with people who I’m not good friends with people. I’ve learned about aspects of collaboration and how to lead as well as follow others in a group setting. I look forward to learning more about this and working with my group again in the future.