Group 34 Actions & Dynamics 'Our Group' came together for the creation of a News Item for the collaborative semester project. A number of obstacles and exercises stood in the way of completing our task. The assignment seemed simple enough on the surface. We were to create a News Item in a form that was becoming familiar to us through online text that accompanied lectures and appeared in the examinations. The News Items that we had been reading corresponded with the topics discussed in class. For the project, we had to venture out on our own to explore topics holding similar relevance to topics covered in the textbook. By tapping onto the Internet, we were able to gain access of the global events and issues that shaped the world around us. These News Items provided grounds for researching the applied chemistry implied. The project was a way of taking an in-depth look at topics proposed in lecture. Selection of the topic also introduced the many resources available in the field of organic chemistry. Working in a group exposed us to the ideas of dynamic interaction. In our group of six, we were presented with the issues of time allocation, guidelines, and deadlines. 'Our Group' was formed via e-mail with the help of the Discussion List. Not knowing each other we had to assimilate our working styles as well as schedules in order to accomplish the assignment. At our meetings, held at the library, we explored our options. Each of us presented to the others our topics of choice. In the end we decided to present an article detailing the problems associated with pollutants that surround a typical home. This topic was chosen for its illustration of alkyl halides as discussed in Chapter 6 of Wade’s textbook. Group work allowed us to experience multiple points of view. Individually, we had a chance to compare our ideas and perspectives to our peers. This collaborative effort proved to be an effective tool in the learning process. Experiences learned can be taken and used for experiences pending. Note: We never received contact from Rayna Clifton (695602) who appeared on our original submittal. We wondered if she possibly joined another group. Thank You.