From this week’s classes and discussions, I received a strong sense of the importance that teams will have on this course. This week we were faced with what I felt at the time were tough and important decisions that needed to be made when completely our C.V’s. This was firstly because of the lecture on Tuesday reinforcing the importance for goal alignment and its impact it could have on our experience of this course. This was further reinforced by the readings which also emphasized the importance of teams and the benefits they have in helping to improve our own abilities as individuals. This caused particular difficulties for me when selecting the criteria for which team I preferred to be in, as I wanted to be in a team which was a bit easy going, but still wanted to achieve a good grade. I thought back to the reading about turning student groups into effective teams, and amongst the discussion presented by Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I, (2004) about how to change groups and the positives this can have, the point that stuck with me was how being apart of a ineffective or dysfunctional team can lead to extreme frustration, resentment and becoming disinterested in the course. And I thought how in previous situations involving a team where I have encountered this.
I came to Thursday class some what worried with the criteria that I had selected, and whether Id be placed in a team that had similar objectives. By the end of Thursdays lecture my worries were all but gone and the members of our team seemed friendly and I think we will work together well.Therefore from the lectures, reading and discussions I have learnt this week that in order for our team to be successful we will need the ability to adapt to working cohesively and providing useful input to help establish decisions.
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.