Group Dynamics Report
Group 30-Creatively Challenged
Our group was composed of six individuals: Charity Breheim, Kenny Chao, Megan Freeman, Lisa Hale, Jennifer Munroe, and Mark Teeple. Our group was formed through a combination of smaller groups that we learned of over the listserve. We met at Brady Commons, usually on Monday and Wednesday nights at 9 PM for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours towards the end of the project. We found that this was about the only time that conflicting schedules would allow us to meet, and even at this time, there were occasionally other commitments that would not allow the entire group to meet. Over spring break, we had some problems meeting. Some of us were here over the first part, and the rest were here towards the end of the week. We had planned on whoever was in Columbia meeting at the beginning of the week, and again at the end of the week. Our plan did not work-both times, the meetings fell through, and we were not able to schedule a meeting until the Monday following spring break.
Considering that some of us did not know each other before this project, we quickly learned to collaborate ideas and develop our editorial. After the first meeting of getting to know each other, we all looked for news articles, and at our next meeting, discussed our findings, and decided on the article about the explosion in Allentown. We agreed that this was a different topic from the subjects of the environment and nutrition that are so prevalent in the news. After deciding on the topic, we individually researched and found links that were pertinent to our topic, and once again met and compared our results. Not surprisingly, after our first attempt, we had several of the same sources, and had to find some different links. Eventually, we developed the main focus of our editorial and worked on some questions that fit our subject. The night before the project was due, we discovered that our article link could no longer be accessed for free, and we had to find a different article. Overall, we worked well as a group, with everyone contributing fairly equal amounts of time and effort. However, we believe the hassle of trying to coordinate 6 individuals' very different schedules was more of a problem than it was worth, and such a project would probably be easier to complete in a smaller group (2-3 people) or on an individual basis.