It’s important to plan ahead and establish a vision when engaging in group projects for your online courses.
- What problem are you trying to solve?
- What variables exist?
- What deliverables will be created?
These basic questions can set you on a path for success when working with your classmates.
Being a member of a project team can enhance your learning experience by allowing you to meet your peers (online or in person), learn more about course topics and build your collaboration skills. Group assignments often center around topics that are conducive to discussion and multiple perspectives. Online group projects can help you to develop competencies that extend beyond the virtual classroom. Communication and teamwork are two such professional skills that employers often look for when hiring.
ASU Online student and health education and health promotion major Roxanne Wilcox shares that she likes group projects because planning and collaboration are necessary skills in the health educator profession. She says, “Group projects exemplify practical situations such as delegating, planning, and collaborating with other students to complete an assignment successfully.”
Successfully completing group projects can be a breeze if you keep the following six tips in mind: