To: "Glaser, Rainer E."
Subject: The Gladiators: Dynamics Report Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 23:33:47 -0600 Our group consists of Brent Powers, Craig George, Jacob Mohnke, Hilary Willard and Heather Wescoat. We met as a whole, once a week and twice a week on exam weeks. Pairs of us met more often, usually three times a week. When the whole group met we worked on multiple choice questions from the web and previous tests. In our subgroups we worked problems out of the book and discussed individual problems with the reading. Each of us were responsible for looking at news items and other web materials individually. The group was beneficial because it helped people that didn't understand to get assistance from others in the group. The weekly meetings forced us to keep up with the material. Although group work had its benefits, it often became tedious to get much done with five people talking simultaneously, which brought on the use of the subgroups. Collaboration is a helpful strategy in both competitive and absolute grading and we feel it is espcially necessary in a course iwth such difficult material. However, some of the best studying is done individually. Overall, we feel that our collaboration made the course more manageable but is no substitute for self motivation.