This week has been centered around the impending moment of team allocations. From experience, I feel it is just as likely that you may be placed in a team of great people wanting to do well as being placed in a team with freeloaders. This is the reason why most people, myself included, are filled with dread and anxiety at the sound of 'teamwork'. In addition, teams were to be allocated by the results of a brief questionnaire. how could each individual possibly be judged by a mini cv into effective teams?
In regards to this issue, the week's readings gave me hope. When choosing teams, often students may go with friends. This increases the chance of meetings being used for socialization rather than effective study. Through fair allocation of teams, there should be a variety of skill sets and diverse thinking. Effective teams are not formed instantly, this takes time (Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I., 2004). There must be collective goals in order for each team member to be motivated and to an extent avoid conflict. From this perspective, I agree with the method in which team were allocated through their goal. My team is a mix of grades-oriented and learning. We share the goal of doing well in the course, not necessarily socializing and definitely not doing the bare minimum to pass.
At our first meeting as a team, it definitely seems as though we are just a group and have a long way to go to become an effective team. This could possibly be due to the fact that we are all introverted, maybe something overlooked by the team formation guys? Nevertheless, i do feel content with my group and am sure we are capable of working effectively through this semester.
Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.