After completing three team projects for ETEC 642, I think back about the effectiveness of our team work. According to Himmelman’s taxonomy the four levels of public collaboration are networking, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration – collaboration being the most effective in group activities. Collaboration occurs when the group shares common goals, risks, resources, responsibilities, and rewards. I would also add respect as another component to collaboration.
Our team worked well when all members embrace these components. We respect the opinions and ideas of others, we share the same goals, risks, and rewards. Our team’s goal is to complete the class assignment and the reward is personal learning and/or project grade. We provided resources to the group to enhance the group’s knowledge and understanding, and by doing this we strengthen our group’s “collective intelligence”.
A break down of team work occurs when a group member(s) does not embrace one or more of these components? Let me express my feeling about poor team work through this image.
We all need to work together! I was fortunate to have an overall positive collaborating experience with my teams.