From: "Snelling, Kaysi M. (UMC-Student)" 
To: "Glaser, Rainer E." 
Subject: Group Dynamic Report
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 10:10:01 -0600 

Group #24:  Blue 7

Kaysi Snelling
Veronica Fris
Frank Whitchurch

  At the first mention of forming groups, I think the entire class was a
little apprehensive.  I mean, nobody likes being forced into a situation
with people they don't know.  However, here at the end of the semester,
that's what we liked best about it.  In a class as large as ours, this
forced us to become involved and kept us from staying anonymous.  Group
work COULD have been a little more formalized, though.  When left to our
own devices, finding the time and motivation to get together was
difficult.  Perhaps with a little more structure and required work, we
could have reached a higher level of interaction.
  We started out with five members but it dropped to three by the time
we really started meeting.  The group members got along just fine, and
other than coordinating our schedules to find time to get together, we
had no trouble communicating.  
  We met four times.  The first was only about twenty minutes outside
the classroom to discuss our group goals and exchange personal
information.  The rest were about two hours long, a couple of days
before each test.  We met at Memorial Union to review the notes and any
questions we had about problems.  Th rest fo the time, we exchanged
emails with any questions or comments we had about class.  The review
helped us all because any time you hear something you don't understand
from another perspective, it's bound to be beneficial.
  To summarize, we all agreed that the group forum benefitted us in
understanding the material and forcing us to interact with other Chem
210 students.  However, we didn't meet as often as we would have liked,
and a more formal atmosphere could have improved that.