Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020 BIZ: #DTA: #VWEDU: Agenda training for a project meeting by a self-managed group. Learning to plan in a group

Agenda training for a project meeting 
by a self-managed group.   
Learning to plan in a group

Project-based learning can go beyond content to give practice in how to work in a group--and to show students what they can do. 
Where is the agenda?

Agenda for project-based learning in groups

  • Any good meeting starts with an agenda.
  • If a meeting has a skilled leader, the leader will prepare an agenda.
  • A skilled leader will keep the group focused on the agenda.
  • The meeting will accomplish many of the things it set out to do.  
  • Things not accomplished will be assigned as action items.   
  • The participants can feel a sense of accomplishment. 
  • But how does this work out in project-based learning?

Project-based learning and self-managed teams



Items to be completed by individuals before the meeting

  • Planning your contribution to the meeting:
  • What do you want completed by the end of the meeting?
  • You questions to be answered (list):
  • Your pending action items (What is your progress?  What help do you need?): 
  • Action items you will propose to be taken (not necessarily by you):
  • Action items you will offer to take.
  • (Entry form given for each item.)

DTA use

  • Students are told how to use the form at the beginning of the course.
  • Students are advised that their contributions affect their grades.
  • DTA presents the form to each student several days before the meeting.
  • DTA withdraws this form when the meeting starts. 
  • DTA makes a form available to the instructor on any new entry.
  • Instructor can offer feedback to each student
  • DTA presents the entire set of completed forms to everyone at meeting start.

Training plan for a project meeting by a self-managed team

  • Forms to be presented by the DTA.
  • And to be completed (by each participant) for a project meeting. 
  • These forms serve for training
  • They cause the students to think about things that lead to a productive meeting.
  • The teacher can evaluate the contribution of each participant.
  • The anticipated evaluation is what concentrates the minds of the students.
  • Self-managed teams (search)
  • Virtual teams (Wikipedia)



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