Module 2 reflection: Communication and Collaborating

During this week’s module on communication and collaborating the biggest thing I took from this week was dealing with lazy group members. Specifically on slide fifteen. The video “ 5 tips for dealing with lazy group members” by Thomas Frank. One really big tip I took from this video was to incorporate many deadlines within a project. My biggest pet peeve when being assigned with a group, is when someone takes charge and assigns each person something with the end due date, and never communicates again. In my opinion this is not group work. This is just students working on assignments who will all receive the same grade at the end. This is why I usually take on the role of a manager in a group to make sure everyone is comfortable with their role. I like to help with their work if needed, and make sure everyone can help each other.  Frank suggests that each person should have mini checkpoints where they send their progress to a manager or a document with everyone in it. This allows the project to actually have communication between all the group members. I will keep this tip in mind, because having good communication and making sure no group is falling behind allows everything to flow a lot easier. Here is the link to to Franks video


Secondly I found slide seven about typing emails to be very helpful to me. Throughout my years in highschool I never really understood the importance of emailing people. My emails were really unprofessional, and I never took the time to proof read them. I am guilty of using different subject lines, spelling errors, not starting and ending the email properly. I now realize it looks horrendous when an email is poorly constructed. One really big point I took from this was to make the email clear, concise, and to check for other sources, before emailing the professor. I would hate to be that guy that just emails a professor for an easy question that I could find on my own. I now understand proof reading is key to avoid any confusion. I never really proofread, because it’s like hearing your own voice out loud; it just feels weird to me. Maybe it’s because I procrastinate, and I am so exhausted I just say forget about it and turn the paper in. This is something I will change once I start college. I want to actually start my papers early, proofread them, and have others look at them. Slide seven and the website “18 Etiquettes tips for emailing your professor” gave me awesome tips to use when emailing my teachers. If any of you want to read that website I have attached the link below.



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