Sunday, February 2, 2020

2020 BIZ: #DTA: #VWEDU: Action-item practice for group meetings in project based learning. Effective meetings don't just happen, they are planned.

Action-item practice for group meetings 
in project based learning.  
Effective meetings don't just happen, 
they are planned.

A plan for using a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) to simulate the practice of using explicit action items to support effective group functioning in problem- or project-based learning with teams. 
Productive groups use action items
  • Groups get things done with action items.
  • Actions are explicitly undertaken by a member of the group.
  • The expectation is that the person will later report on progress..
  • Adults typically feel responsible for completing the action.

Project-based learning and self-managed teams


Training plan for a team meeting  

  • Forms to be presented by the Digital Teaching Assistant.
  • And to be filled out (by each participant) before a project meeting. 
  • These forms serve for training
  • They push the students to planning things that lead to a productive meeting.
  • Self-managed teams (search)
  • Virtual teams (Wikipedia)

Action items

Items to be completed by individuals before the meeting

  • Effective meetings don't just happen, they are planned.
  • 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.

DTA use

  • DTA presents the form 2 days before the meeting to each student.
  • DTA withdraws this form when the meeting starts. 
  • DTA makes tho 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.
  • Thus everyone can see what everyone has done.
  • Some would do better planning than others.
  • That would instruct others by showing examples of good work.
  • And might motivate with peer pressure

At the meeting

  • There is a report on each pending action item.
  • For items not completed, a path forward is planned at the meeting.
  • The DTA collects the new status of each action item, with path forward.
  • The resulting meeting report is available to the teacher for evaluation and feedback.

Task group management



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