Online Tools For Group Projects Part 1

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This is Part 1 of a four-part series which discusses online tools available for academic group projects. This presentation was created for Fort Hays State University's Learning Commons. For the complete tutorial, visit http://www.fhsu.edu/library/tlc/Online-Tools-Group-Projects/.

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Online Tools For Group Projects Part 1

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  2. 2. <ul><li>Bringing together different ideas, finding common ground </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics – meeting times, task assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping up with everyone’s progress </li></ul><ul><li>Piecing together the patchwork of parts into one coherent project </li></ul><ul><li>Finding good tools to bring your work together and present it </li></ul>Working in a group presents unique challenges, like… Collaboration Publishing PROJECTS ESSAYS WEBSITES REFLECTIVE WRITING MAGAZINES ARTICLES Group Projects
  3. 3. Task Roles : Initiator / Contributor, Information Seeker or Giver, Opinion Seeker or Giver, Elaborator, Co-ordinator, Orienter, Evaluator / Critic, Energizer, Procedural Technician, Recorder   Personal / Social Roles : Encourager, Harmonizer, Compromiser, Gatekeeper / Expediter, Observer / Commentator, Follower   Individualistic / Dysfunctional Roles : Aggressor, Blocker, Recognition Seeker, Self-confessor, Disrupter, Dominator, Help Seeker, Special Interest Pleader What kind of group member are you? Who do you need to work with to complement your skills? (Benne and Sheats' Group Roles: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMM_85.htm ) Group Projects
  4. 4. Image from: http://www.mindmapinspiration.com/please-do-not-disturb-mind-mapping/ MIND-MAPPING
  5. 5. <ul><li>mind-mapping = visual brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Uses flow charts or thought bubbles </li></ul><ul><li>Good for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>initial planning of project ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bringing the group vision together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>creating of flowcharts </li></ul></ul>Mind-mapping
  6. 6. <ul><li>7 Steps to Making a Mind Map </li></ul><ul><li>Start in the CENTRE of a blank page turned sideways. Why? Because starting in the centre gives your Brain freedom to spread out in all directions and to express itself more freely and naturally.  </li></ul><ul><li>Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea. Why? Because an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your Imagination. A central image is more interesting, keeps you focussed, helps you concentrate, and gives your Brain more of a buzz! </li></ul>Mind-mapping
  7. 7. <ul><li>7 Steps to Making a Mind Map </li></ul><ul><li>Use COLOURS throughout. Why? Because colours are as exciting to your Brain as are images. Colour adds extra vibrancy and life to your Mind Map, adds tremendous energy to your Creative Thinking, and is fun! </li></ul><ul><li>CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc. Why? Because your Brain works by association. It likes to link two (or three, or four) things together. If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily. </li></ul>Mind-mapping
  8. 8. <ul><li>7 Steps to Making a Mind Map </li></ul><ul><li>Make your branches CURVED rather than straight-lined. Why? Because having nothing but straight lines is boring to your Brain. </li></ul><ul><li>Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE. Why Because single key words give your Mind Map more power and flexibility.  </li></ul><ul><li>Use IMAGES throughout. Why Because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words. So if you have only 10 images in your Mind Map, it's already the equal of 10,000 words of notes! </li></ul>From: http://www.buzanworld.com/Mind_Maps.htm Mind-mapping
  9. 9. From: http://www.buzanworld.com/Mind_Maps.htm Mind-mapping
  10. 10. For an overview of mind-mapping and examples, check out: http://www.buzanworld.com/Mind_Maps.htm http://blog.iqmatrix.com/mind-map/how-to-mind-map-a-beginners-guide   Some free, online mind-mapping tools: http://www.gliffy.com http://bubbl.us http://www.mindmeister.com http://www.thinkature.com Go on to Part 2 – Blogs. Mind-mapping

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