While on your learning journey at ECU, you will be required to work in a group. Group work is an important skill to develop as you will be required to use it in the workforce and throughout your life. Successful group work requires you to:
Group work requires both interpersonal and process management skills. Some of the skills you need to develop are:
There are many technologies available that make it possible to work collaboratively with others. You can communicate with your group at different times (asynchronously, i.e. email or discussion boards) or in real time (synchronously, i.e. virtual classrooms or chat).
There are a range of technologies available that can help you communicate:
These are a great way to ask questions, share ideas and get to know your group members (e.g. Blackboard Discussion Boards).
A great way to set up group meetings no matter where members of your group live (e.g. Blackboard Collaborate).
There are a variety of messaging apps available, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Hangouts which simplify communication with your class members.
Sharing your files with others allows you to collaborate, and simultaneously edit and comment on a document. File sharing services such as OneDrive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive allow you to share documents much easier than passing USB’s, sending emails, or even a hardcopy.