Guidelines for Group Work
The members of student groups may benefit from keeping some common-sense rules and aphorisms in mind as they come to collaborate.
Collaboration teaches us what we know how to do, not just what we know. Collaboration teaches method. The activities of collaboration are as important as the material results.
Collaboration works best when it is apparent--when you know that you are collaborating. A certain amount of formality (e.g., established meeting times, a recorder to take minutes perhaps, a group monitor) is called for.
Collaboration succeeds when everybody succeeds--individual members as well as the group as a whole.
Collaboration is a key responsibility in the class experience--it means being involved in the teaching of the course.
No one ever knows how a collaborative activity will turn out.