No I in iMedia: Making the Most of Group Projects

There’s no I in iMed… OK. So technically there is.

But the iMedia program is really about collaboration and teamwork. Last month, our professors started dropping group projects on us after weeks of solo work.

Create and implement a usability test, she said.

Partner up for an infographic design, he said.

You name it. We’ve done it … together. But I’m not complaining.

Everyone must work together to some extent in the workforce. Us iMedia students are getting better prepared for it by completing these group projects.

There are obvious advantages to group work:

  • Less individual work (ideally)
  • Diversity of ideas
  • Learning from others who excel in areas you don’t

But the disadvantages abound:

  • Scheduling conflicts
  • Lack of clear vision
  • Different work ethics
  • Poor attitudes

Future iMedia students, here are some tips on mitigating those problems:

  1. Be flexible. That’s self-explanatory.
  2. Communicate early and often. A team must work together to meet one goal. Make sure everyone is has the same vision and knows what’s expected of them.
  3. Set deadlines and be organized. Delegate tasks so people can use their time wisely to achieve the team’s goal. Make sure everyone meets deadlines.
  4. Learn how your teammates work. In one project, my partner liked to work at night and wing it a little. I like to work during the day and be overly prepared. It’s OK. Just communicate and compromise.
  5. Keep it light. When your team is losing focus, take a break. Even better, jam out to some music, dance or find a funny timesuck on YouTube. Those 10 minutes can recharge you for another hour of work.

iMedia13 Quotables

“Keep an open mind. Even though you have one idea that you think is super awesome, that doesn’t mean that is the optimal solution to your problem.”

“Try to work at it a little bit at a time. You have to set meetings and keep them. Usually right after class is a good time, rather than going back late at night.”

“Don’t wait to the last minute. If you’re the type of person that waits to the last minute, for once do everyone on time with your group members. Be open-minded because somebody might have a personality that you don’t like, but they can teach you a lot. Go into it with a positive outlook.”

“Make sure that you’re listening to your other group members…Something that I always do, before I let me know if this is a bad ideas… I want people to tell me if they disagree with something. That’s really important because some people are afraid.”

DIONI L. WISE IS A FORMER NEWSPAPER REPORTER WHO WANTS TO ENHANCE HER SKILLS IN MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING AND DIGITAL MEDIA STRATEGY. SHE HAS A KNACK FOR DOING CARTWHEELS AND TURNING MUNDANE PHRASES INTO SONGS.

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