GROUP 6 DYNAMICS REPORT
Our group discussed issues related with the project several times before
and after lectures and lab sessions. Before we had our actual meeting, we
each surfed the web and found articles that we thought would be
interesting for the project. We submitted one article that was not
approved. We then sent in a second article.
After gaining approval, our group had a meeting at Memorial Union for
about 1 hour in which we decided exactly how we should format this
project. We then divided up the major key words of the article. Each
group member was responsible for one key word. They had to find pertinent
links and general information about the item as well as formulate a
certain type of question with the answers.
Our next meeting was once again at Memorial Union for one and a half
hours. We wrote our editorial comments and compiled everyone's
information into our finished project. Then we formatted the project as a
word file and submitted it to the instructor.
Every member of the group found interesting sites on possible articles for
the project. We considered three articles before our final selection was
decided. Working in groups was advantageous on one level because we were
able to split up themes of the article and research a lot about one item
instead of doing small searches for numerous key words. We were also able
to discuss the article and find out what each member learned from the
Our group, as a whole, did not study together. We basically just got
together to work on the project. Some members in our group knew each
other previously and do study together for Chemistry and other classes.
One of the problems with large lectures is that they are very impersonal,
but because of this project we were able to meet new members of our class.
We felt this project was done easily in a group, however most group
members feel that this was not a great learning experience. Even though
research is done, it is not helpful in clearly understanding organic
chemistry. There is already a very high workload for this class and
adding such a time consuming project that does not further clarify the
material only makes the project inefficient in carrying out its intended
goal. However, we would engage in such group activities again, even if it
is just to meet new people.