Working Group Tasks:
Students will spend time in group discussion and exercises throughout the term. The instructor expects that many individual and group project ideas will be generated by your working group. The group is intended to focus your attention on processes you use in group interactions as well as on class products or presentations. Your self reflexive analyses of these group experiences in your activity logs should reflect awareness of the relationship between what you are reading in the Fifth Discipline, other readings and what you are experiencing. Attention to group structure, decision formation strategies and evidence of growing awareness of how individual participation styles, values, and capabilities can be used to create a group that is more than the sum of its parts is a primary aim of this class component.
Your group will allow for more in-depth discussions of class topics and group chosen topics and perspectives, and should be especially helpful in facilitating individual final projects. Group members will hold weekly meetings, and will communicate with one another using a variety of modes. Groups will be given
classtime for discussions. The group will engage in a variety of electronic communications forums to discuss relevant topics between face-to-face meetings.
The groups will have several tasks in the course of the term. Groups will provide an intimate forum for discussion of individual experience of the exercises for individuals in the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook. They will also provide an opportunity to engage in activities from the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook that require multiple participants. They will provide an opportunity for students to engage in a variety of group electronic communication forums on a small scale.
In addition, each group will discuss the changes that are occuring as a result of new information based technologies, formulate and research questions and present the information.
Provide forum for discussion of individual exercises from Fifth Discipline Field Book,
Facilitate at least one group experience of team exercises from Fifth Discipline Field Book(See specific weekly suggested team exercises)
Provide forum for discussing ideas generated by readings, research and class experiences
Note: Groups meet FTF and virtually in synchronous and asynchronous modes.
Week One: Group Formed and decide mode of operation
Week Four: Present Analysis of Group Interaction
Weeks One through Six: Group researches and discusses selected question or questions, summarizes information, decides on form and mode of presentation to class.
Week Seven: Group summarizes process and learning
Group Virtual Experiences:
Week Five: Reports of Observations of varied interaction in different virtual environments. The good, the bad and the unexpected in virtual space.
Group Operations and Process Reports:
Week Four: Report of How Group Operated (in terms of Fifth Discipline)
Week Seven: Process as a Contributing Factor in Group Success or Problems