From: "Ingram, Kristina R. (UMC-Student)" 
To: "Glaser, Rainer E." 
Subject: Dynamics Group Report
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 19:44:54 -0600 

 

Hello Dr. Glaser,

     It's the Radioactive Dots.  Our group was scheduled to meet about
2-3 times a week in the lounges of various dorms on campus.  However,
our group broke down, several members joined other groups, others just
preferred independent study, or smaller groups of around 2 people.
These groups met approximately 1-2 times a week and focused on news
items and visualiation centers.  Our primary focus during our meetings
was working the old exams. During these meeting times we rarely worked
on problems or text work.  In the eyes of many of the students it became
more social then anything.  Thus we as a group, feel that the group work
should be more formalized with scheduled meeting times because several
students are in need of that added structure to motivate productive
work. In order to accomplish this structure we envisioned discussion
groups that were mandated by you the professor.  These sessions would
bring structure and clarity on group work. They could even assign book
work that would bring about an accumalation of more points.  We feel
that the collaborative effort did not assist nor hinder or progress
based on the type of grading scale.  
     Finally, just to add a few more suggestions/opinions our group feel
the following:

          -Groups are good, everyone can add or teach something to
           another

          -Perhaps, a mandatory group project in the beginning would add
incentive to meet in groups, sort of an easy points thing were
students get better acquainted with group members.
          
          -We would all reccommend the study groups for next year, but
           the groups should not substitute independent studying.

     Once again, our group members are Kristina Ingram, David R. Blair,
Nicloe Wood, Kimberly McNeilly, and Teddy Farias.