With everything happening through Zoom, group projects have taken a turn. This can be tough, as collaborating is easier face to face due to being able to say something and get a response right there and then. This is pretty much new to everyone. So to help us all out, we’ve listed a few tips to help.
When you get assigned a group, the first thing you will want to figure out is what your main form of communication will be (email, text, GroupMe, etc.) To begin, contact your group members via Canvas. Try to get this done as soon as possible, because if not, it could lead to confusion and miscommunication. Pretty basic and sounds easy right? You’d think so, but there’s more of a risk today as people are able to forget to reply, not check their inbox/messages, etc. So, it’s best to just figure it out right from the start.
2. Split It Up
Once your group is in contact, begin to figure out all the details. Decide who is doing what and what collaboration platform you will be using (Google Docs, Google Slides, Prezi, Canva, etc.). This eliminates the chances of anyone repeating roles and helps spread the work evenly across all group members.
3. Create Schedules and Deadlines
Create a schedule with your group. Determine when you want to have certain things done in order to help you pace yourselves and make sure it’s quality work finished before the due date. This prevents work being done the night before it’s due (which is stressful for the other group members) and allows for any corrections to be made. Your group can also schedule Zoom calls, so that you can all check in with each other face to face.
If you have to present your project, practice before the actual class day. This is something great to do, especially if you have to present within a certain time limit. By doing this you can figure out if your group meets the time specifications before actually having to do so. This is also an opportunity to get used to the technical aspect of Zoom. Figure out who will share their screen because it’s easier to do during a practice run than right before you have to present. Running through it allows for each member to get a feel for the flow of their section and get used to reading it. Reading out loud also helps you to notice any misspellings, grammatical errors, anything that needs to be reworded, etc. This is the time to determine what works out best for you and your group.
Hopefully, these tips can help ease the struggles of group projects. If you have any other tips you’d like to share to help others, leave a comment or message us on social media @untunion!