Role of English
How to Solve It
Explain An Overview of Cooperative (Group) Learning Learning CS_COMP_149_cooperative_group_learning_handout (odt) (pdf)
Think about names for your groups for future project evaluation sheets. Throughout the semester you should be thinking about and taking notes about your personal work and contribution to your group, your group's overall contribution to your project and the details of how you planned and developed your project. Tell the How, Why, and What you DID and DID NOT do! This is very important for you because when you write your self evaluations you will be writing about your group work, your projects, and your individual responsibilitles and how well you believe you performed them.
All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
What is the concept of “Servant Leadership”? (odt) (pdf)
Eric Raymond on leadership: (odt) (pdf)
(from Cathedral and Bazaar: http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/
Includes a brief history of hackerdom: http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/hacker-history/ )
Group Assessment, Group, Peer and Self evaluations of and by group members:
The "Guide, Peer & Self: Group Members Collaboration Evaluation Sheet" (ods) (pdf) is what you will use to determine how well you cooperated with your group and also for you to evaluate your group members on how well they cooperated with the group. You should do this evaluation twice each semester.
Groups, Community & Teamwork Outcomes:
PLEASE NOTE: All members of a group are responsible for the other members of their group. Group performances affect ALL group members. Although you will give peer and self evaluations about how well you and your group members performed, a portion of your final grade each semester will be the same for everyone in your group. Therefore it is important that group members participate and work for the common good of the group. If you do not help your group members grow, learn and be better group members and if you do not "police" your group then you may suffer the consequences of those actions.
Group Development and Conflict Resolution:
Groups must solve all internal conflicts and difficulties, the rest of us are not referees for disagreements. Work out your problems, think about solutions to them and then if you are still stuck for a solution, ask your other classmates or me for feedback.
Low attendance, not helping your group members, not doing legitimate research or any research at all SHOULD be reasons for your peers to give you low or NO scores on your evaluations. If enough of these incidents happen, you may be expelled from your group by your group members.
Expelled Group Members (“castaways”):
If a majority of the group members agree that one or two members are not helping the group, those persons might be expelled from a group. The majority doing the expelling should make written reasons for the expulsion and then meet with those accused of not doing the work in order to explain to them why they are being expelled and to allow the accused member to have an opportunity to explain their problem.
If group member(s) are expelled (“castaways”) they must then struggle on their own, in their own, probably smaller group, or find a group which will accept them.
Reasons for expelling a group member must be of a professional nature. Such reasons might include; not doing the work assigned, not cooperating with the group, not coming to group meetings or to class sessions or other such reasons. Personal reasons such as cultural, political or personal dislike outside the limits of professionalism are not allowed nor will they be tolerated. If you don't like someone, you can still learn to work with them if they otherwise do the work required.
You CAN take responsibility for a friend’s laziness if you wish, that is your choice. However, it is quite probable that during question and answer periods and other assessment areas, the lazy members may not perform well and possibly show they did not do the work. If that happens, the group grades will suffer. By supporting non contributing members, you are hurting yourself.
If you are working hard and doing the group work and one of your group members is not, think about what you might do if you worked for a company and a colleague or an employee of yours performed this way. What might be the result? If you were the manager of such an employee think about how you might you handle such a person.
(1) Meet the person to discuss the problem.
(2) Agree there is a problem
(3) Find and agree upon a solution to the problem.
(4) Followup in a period of time
(5) If no change, then what?
End of Semester
02 Why a University?
03 Course Criteria
04 In Class Writing
07 Check Our Progress
08 Discovery Learning
09 Honesty and Truth