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ERIC Number: EJ826798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Designing a Successful Group-Report Experience
Rentz, Kathryn; Arduser, Lora; Meloncon, Lisa; Debs, Mary Beth
Business Communication Quarterly, v72 n1 p79-84 2009
Report assignments and collaborative assignments can both be fraught with risk. Report projects, if not well planned, can be too simple or too complex and/or can leave students wondering what they are supposed to have learned--all while creating a major grading burden for the instructor. Poorly planned group projects can cause similar difficulties, with the added danger of creating interpersonal stress in the student groups. Yet for many reasons, the report assignment is the perfect choice for the collaborative project. To maximize the likelihood that the project will go well, instructors must think through a wide range of variables and decide, based upon his or her learning objectives, what the features of the project will be. To assist with this process, the authors generated a decision making table that will help students create a more manageable and focused project. In this article, the authors present several examples of group-report assignments that illustrate the range of projects that can result from selecting different features of this table. They also offers some tips on group writing. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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