From: "Brennan, Stephanie L. (UMC-Student)"
To: "Glaser, Rainer E." Subject: RE: Dynamics Reports, group 38 Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 15:36:00 -0600 Dr. Glaser, Here is our group dynamics report. We are group #38, Iceman. Our members are Stephanie Brennan, James Herrick, Kimberly Santen, and Jennifer Clark. Basically, our group had some major scheduling conflicts. In the beginning of the semester we didn't realize how important it was to stay caught up, and we didn't make a permanent meeting time. We tried to pick a place and one evening every week to meet and study, but this was impossible. 2 of our members were athletes who were traveling out of town often, and it was extremely difficult to pick a night that worked for everyone. After the first exam we realized that we needed to invest more time and so we begin setting meeting times week by week. We usually met in the late evenings (around 9 pm) in Brady and studied for almost 2 hours. We didn't get to meet every week, but we did fit in 2 sessions before the second exam and 2 before the 3rd one. Our meetings were generally helpful, and we usually just worked the problems at the end of the chapters. In retrospect, we decided that we should have spent less time working out of the text and more time discussing the issues that we knew were important or confusing from lecture. We never spent anytime online together, but we agree that we all preferred to study those sections independently becuase of our different schedules and our different study styles. We think that group collaboration is a great way to learn, especially in a class with an absolute grading scale. We didn't take advantage of our group collaboration as much as we should have, but we all feel that the hours we spent together were very helpful. We all agreed that scheduled study times would be dramatically more effective, for us and for the entire class. Maybe each person could sign up for a group at the beginning of the course based on location and time; this would eliminate most of the scheduling problems.