Ted Talk: Why you think you’re right, even when you’re wrong

This TED talk, approximately 12 minutes in length, uses both psychology and history to explain “motivated reasoning”, the process that underlies the decisions and ideas we defend.  The speaker in this talk leads us to understand the value in intentionally being curious about multiple perspectives, essential in working collaboratively with others.  conversation-799448_640

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Strengths

Gives both a psychological and historical perspective on understanding why we think we’re right and the value of looking at the point of view of others.

Recommendation for Use

Use in or outside of class to spark reflection and/or discussion on why we defend our own ideas and the value of being intentional about understanding the perspectives of others.

Assessing group work

This website from Carnegie Mellon University gives explanations and examples for assessing group work.

 

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Strengths

This resource is concise and easy to read and use.  It contains many helpful examples of various types of assessments for group work.

Recommendations for Use

This would be a great resource when planning for group projects.

Preventing Group Think (Article)

This short article from Psychology Today defines and describes group think.  It uses a historical example to help explain the dangers of group think.

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Strengths

This resource is very short and easy to understand.  It serves as a foundational piece in understanding the concept of group think.

Concerns

The suggestions for prevention of group think are too vague.  Further discussion would be needed to understand the prevention piece of this article.

Recommendation for use 

This would be a great article to start a discussion or introduce the concept of group think.

Tech Tools for Student Organization of Collaborative Projects

This site gives links and a description for seven tech tools that students can use to help organize and implement collaborative projects.  ipad-820272_640

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Strengths

This resource has many tech-based ideas for groups to use when planning and implementing their collaborative projects.

Concerns

This page has its own links to explore, it will take time to learn the tools in order to recommend to students.

Recommendation for Use

Encourage students to use technology in organizing collaborative projects.  Many future employers will require “long-distance” group projects and technology can assist in the management of these projects.

Guidelines for Group Writing Projects (Article)

This short article describes steps for instructors and students in establishing the process for completing a group writing project.   office-1209640_640

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Strengths

It is short and easy to use.  It can be applied various disciplines and content areas.  It could easily be independently read by students to help their group establish their own process and expectations (rather than an instructor-driven process).

Concerns

Some ideas may be a bit vague.  Students may need assistance from instructor in making some decisions.

Recommendations for Use

By instructors, this can be used when initially planning a group writing project.  Instructors could also assign this to students to read and request that students establish their own process based on the information from this article.

Avoiding Group Think (Article)

This is a straightforward article from the Harvard Business Review regarding group think.  Titled, “Making Dumb Groups Smarter”, the author defines group think, describes its dangers, and gives strategies to help groups perform more efficiently. work-985543_640

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Strengths

This article could easily be applied across all disciplines and can serve as a great foundation for a discussion around group think.

Concerns

The title of the article may be offensive to some students (but I do think the benefit of the content outweighs this possibility).

Recommendations for Use

Use as outside of class reading material near the beginning of the semester to help set expectations for student participation of collaborative work.

Popplet: Group idea organization

This is a web-tool for students to use to organize ideas for projects.  Students register and can all edit the same concept map (popplet).

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Strengths

All students can contribute to the  concept map (popplet), participation by students is recorded.  This tool is great for visual learners.

Concerns

Students will need to register.  Students who are not visual learners may not prefer this method of organization.

Recommendations for Use

To be used in or outside of class by students to collaborate together on group projects.

Team Building Activities for the Business World

This is a website that has many instructions for group activities. These activities could be a great resource for warming up a group to work together on a larger Collaborative lesson.

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Strengths

The exercises on this site are for business people, but can be adopted or used just as they are for the college classroom.

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This resource is a list of different ideas and somewhat cumbersome to review.

Recommendations for use

This website describes activities that are useful for building relationships and trust between people. They could be useful at the beginning of the semester.

Managing Conflict in Teams: Switching to Successful Negotiation

The site begins with an overview of different styles of group conflict behavior.  From there it provides 11 strategies to help group members overcome conflict.

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Strengths:

The beginning describes different styles of group conflict behavior and provides a graph that helps to clarify these styles.  It then proceeds to provide 11 strategies for helping resolve (and prevent) group conflict.  Topics include listening actively, noticing nonverbal signals, empathy, choice of words, etc.  Each of the strategies includes one or two paragraphs of description.  In addition, there is also the inclusion of a link for those who would like more detailed information in the category of “principled negotiation.”  blue-1292892_640

Concerns:

The direct link to this page does not always open. You may have to go to the main page (https://www.oercommons.org) and use the search bar with the title (Managing conflict in teams: switching to successful negotiation).  Then click on the link provided.

Recommendations:

I think this will be useful near the beginning of the semester to help me guide students in what is helpful to know/practice with regard to minimizing conflict in their groups.  A discussion of these topics would also pair nicely with another of the CL resources entitled “Nonverbal Communication for Educators:  Nonverbal Communication Defined.”

 

You See U

A video-based online tool designed for assessing oral communication, but also useful for helping students collaborate on group projects online.  computer-15812_640

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Strengths

You can set up the class, assign activities, define the objectives, and evaluate the process. You can even have students evaluate each other.

Concerns

Although the educator account is free, there is a fee for students to use this resource. For students to use this tool, they must have a webcam and microphone, although they could also use an iPhone or tablet.

Recommendations for Use

To learn more about the Group Project tool, visit http://youseeu.info/group-project/ and watch the 6 min video.