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Working In Groups ?

September 4, 2007

The semester started about two weeks ago at SJSU and I’m taking just one class this semester – LIBR202 – Information Retrieval. This is my 4th course in the program overall, but it’s the first one that has a significant amount of groupwork. We have three major assignments, and two of those (one on descriptive metadata, the other on vocabulary design) are to be completed with a group. Those two assignments count for 50% of our overall grade.

I’m used to doing things at my own pace and schedule, so this will be a different experience for me. Our group has members in different time zones in the U.S., and one member in Germany, so that will be a challenge in itself. The subject matter is really interesting – how users seek information and how we can design IR systems to fill that need. Anyway, I’m just wondering what your experience has been with groupwork assignments in your MLS program, particularly those of you who are in online programs ? I know that each school and program is different, but if you have any general tips or advice on how you’ve managed groupwork in your own program, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance šŸ™‚

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  1. September 4, 2007 2:50 pm

    The best groups I’ve been in had these two things in common:

    1) everyone knew what each member brought to the group. Sometimes this was because we’d already worked together, but more often it’s because we took the time to sit down and say what we’re good at (copy editing, powerpoint, public speaking, etc.).

    2) everyone knew exactly what was expected of each group member. This sort of transparency helps a lot with accountability.

    In all, the group work in library school has been pretty great. Everyone pulling their weight, getting things done on time, etc. Different groups have different personalities, of course, but they’ve all been pretty highly functional.

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