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.