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Tuesday, September 07, 2004
The group probably did have a Forming stage, and it almost got to a Norming stage, but we started realising that we didn't understand what we were supposed to be doing. I found some frustration in that, and what i got out of the foming stage - unity, all focused on same objective, team spirit etc - I felt slipping away. Now we are back to forming because Nikki has come back and in strong coordinator style, has taken control and been quite directive. This is good, however, its a bit tiring, to keep wonderingwhether we are going to get there in the end. Hopefully, we will re-form and and actually get to a norming - and performing stage, before deciding never to talk to one another again. Gees, that Anne liks to shake thing up!

posted by Tanya 3:57 AM
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
At this stage in the project, what is your team role?

Im responsible for writing up the management proposal to go with the project plan.


Depending upon team roles, it may appear that some team members are currently working more than others – how do you feel about this?


i guess i don't think theres much concern for me in this area - im not attending classes so i feel like i don't have the right to be over people for doing less assignment work Not that i think im doing a lot, am happy with my load - just want to do it well.

Reflect on your own role – can you be more effective?

Don't know what this means. I guess this role suits my skills in writing so no.

Are your team strengths being adequately utilised by the team?
If not, what can you do about this?

I guess being organised will help me summarise all the key information and key points and communicate effectively in the proposal is like being used adequately.

posted by Tanya 12:26 AM
You have received your 1st assignments back by now – how did the team go?

Team went well, the finished product looked great, we missed a bit of detail on the roles and responsibilities but i guess we were a bit in the dark about what roles were needed. I think we did well just to come up with an agreement and to be a little unified in working under that agreement.


What are the current issues facing you – as team member?

Very keen to prove myself, and this is challenging, sometimes i don't know what to say or don't have much to contribute and feel like im giving people opportunity to resent my lack of input. Am feeling pressure in that area.


How is the team working together? Are people following the agreements?

Most are trying to get their thoughts up online which is good,lots of asking qs which is making the collaboration really work - we're coming up with ideas and refining them.

How do you feel about the team process now – review some of your earlier comments – has anything changed?

Am okay with the agreement, a bit nervous but even if the letter of the law isn't being followed their is a general spirit of contribution that is being adhered to and that is encouraging - do wish their had of been some face to face for me.

posted by Tanya 12:21 AM
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
You have received your 1st assignments back by now – how did the team go?


Team went well, a bit weak on roles and responsibilities but in terms of how we worked together i think we did really well. most of our group is making use of online time so i feel like i've got a grip on how we're going and felt involved in the first assignment at least.

What are the current issues facing you – as team member?


am not terribly clear where to start on my proposal for mod 2. Seems a bit vague, may need a phone call but we'll see how much response i get online. just feel like its a big job and i need to really be on top of what the group is doing to achieve it - challenging.

How is the team working together? Are people following the agreements?

most people are following the agreement or at least trying to, a few people are a little scarce onlne but im imagining that they're meeting facw-to-face and so are involved in other ways - i guess i find it hard cause at least people can check up on me if im not online, but i can't tell who's not in the classes etc.

How do you feel about the team process now – review some of your earlier comments – has anything changed?

Yes, changes all the time. Was very confident, then very nervous, now secure but lost. I got a bit worried i was not going to be able to contribute much and didn't want to sponge off others work, but now i've got a sizeable chunk of stuff to do, just feel a bit overwhelmed and a bit incapable. I used to always feel like that in e-learning thoguh so im sure its just normal.

Am confident in the team agreement and that the team process will go smoothly from here - is that a bit much to hope for at this stage?

posted by Tanya 1:43 AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Reflect on the team process – have your original thoughts changed at all?

Not at this satge but have that feeling they might.

Do you perceive any challenges or difficulties that weren’t identified in the team profiles?

Not in the profiles, You can't pick and choose who you work with and i think we're just lucky we've got a spread of people. It will be a challenge for m to miss out on so much face-to-face time as its all at an unfortunate time for me. This worries me a little. I don't like to sponge, and I don't like not being in the loop.

How do you feel now about future team assignments?
A bit worried about my contributoions being relevant, getting behind the eightball and not being able to contribute meaningful entries cause i'm not up to speed. Am a bit worried about doing as much as i can but that not being enough.


posted by Tanya 2:28 AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
What does my role tell me?
The Coordinator indicates that I keep things organised and probably that I’m a bit of a control freak. It tells me that I like to set and encourage direction, that I’m task orientated and that I’ll put forward ideas readily but be wanting to verify other peoples ideas by how practical they are and how we can achieve them. It tells me that I will probably make a lot of contributions – maybe more than are necessary!

Why would I use Queendom exercise?
I’d use it as a way for team members to get to know each other, to get an idea of what to expect from each other and to give an idea of responsibility for a role within the group as a means of initiating a feeling of value and belonging in the group.

How will our team overcome its weak areas?
With lots of communication online and possibly with an adaptation of our most comfortable team roles eg, I don’t think I can be a coordinator without being at the face-to-face meetings. My contributions will be different, I won’t be leading, I will be being more of a Team Member, conversely, other members will have to step up and take control and set direction when it isn’t their natural behaviour – a good challenge for all of us.

posted by Tanya 2:39 AM
Monday, August 09, 2004
Week 1 (this was actually done on 7/08/04 but blogger wouldn't publish it)

Expectations
My experience at uni is the first week always freaks me out and then you realise it’s all going to be okay. So I’m a bit freaked out now, relying on other people, out of my control-out of my comfort zone. But I reckon once we have somewhere to aim and something to focus on, it won’t be that bad.

Project wise doesn’t seem too much beyond what we can do already. Have also seen a great e-learning induction program at work which is not beyond out ability to create and is very effective – although its not retail – but we’ve got Ben.

Collaboration
I seem to get the impression that not being in class will present extreme difficulties for me and my group. But you haven’t really tested collaboration if you don’t put any barriers in the way. People communicate and collaborate in the work force online all the time in the workplace and it works, why are we so scared to try it at uni?

But I am relying on other people and I can’t expect them to be as motivated as me coz I’ve got the most riding on my theory being correct. Freaked out about that, I have no plan B, be I’m sure it will present itself if required.

Anne says I should expect animosity but I’m not going to. Am paranoid as it is waiting for someone to reply to my posts!

Generally group work is great, more ideas, easier ( or more focused) work load, and lots of fun. Looking forward to it.

Team Process:
I’m hoping it’ll be a couple of intense face-to-face planning and sustaining sessions and a lot of online ‘little things’. Great working next door to Nikki- great face-to-face opportunity for me!

Think there will be lots of team work at the start and end and not much in between. That’s the general group work thing at uni.

posted by Tanya 1:33 PM
Friday, August 06, 2004
Expectations
My experience at uni is the first week always freaks me out and then you realise it’s all going to be okay. So I’m a bit freaked out now, relying on other people, out of my control-out of my comfort zone. But I reckon once we have somewhere to aim and something to focus on, it won’t be that bad.

Project wise doesn’t seem too much beyond what we can do already. Have also seen a great e-learning induction program at work which is not beyond out ability to create and is very effective – although its not retail – but we’ve got Ben.

Collaboration
I seem to get the impression that not being in class will present extreme difficulties for me and my group. But you haven’t really tested collaboration if you don’t put any barriers in the way. People communicate and collaborate in the work force online all the time in the workplace and it works, why are we so scared to try it at uni?

But I am relying on other people and I can’t expect them to be as motivated as me coz I’ve got the most riding on my theory being correct. Freaked out about that, I have no plan B, be I’m sure it will present itself if required.

Anne says I should expect animosity but I’m not going to. Am paranoid as it is waiting for someone to reply to my posts!

Generally group work is great, more ideas, easier ( or more focused) work load, and lots of fun. Looking forward to it.

Team Process:
I’m hoping it’ll be a couple of intense face-to-face planning and sustaining sessions and a lot of online ‘little things’. Great working next door to Nikki- great face-to-face opportunity for me!

Think there will be lots of team work at the start and end and not much in between. That’s the general group work thing at uni.

posted by Tanya 5:48 PM
Week 1 Focus Questions

Expectations for the subject
My experience with uni so far as been, it always freaks you out in Week 1 and then you realise its really not that hard. So I'm pretty freaked out about this subject - am relying on other people to communicate with me and thats out of my comfort zone - out of my control. But I'm expecting that if we can meet once soon, things will look a little bit brighter.

Anne's told me to expect Annimosity, but I'm not going to. That will only make me paranoid. and i get enough of that waiting for people to reply to my posts!

Project wise I'm not expecting it to be too much beyond what we've already done. Have seen a great e-learning induction program at ING and its not beyond our ability to create.

Collaboration
hey everyone's telling me that not coming to class is going to make things really hard, but you're not really testing collaboration unless you present some barrier. Online communicationa nd collaboration works in the workplace, why are we so afraid of using it in uni?

Clearly I have the most riding on it working so I'm motivated, will be difficult getting the same motivation from others in my team, I can't expect that.

My team looks good, great people, great expertise. have no worries about achieving a qaulity product.

Team process:
I'm hoping for a couple of intense planning and maintaining sessions and the rest online.
But as I said, I'm relying on other people to be happy to do that, and if that doesn't happen I could be screwed. Although, I'm sure another solution will present itself. Nikki working next door is a bargain. great face-to-face opportnity for me.



posted by Tanya 5:34 PM



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