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The value of team collaboration for academic success

Strategies in Using Conflict Resolution as Opportunities for Learning

Conflicts can be an opportunity for growth if:

The value of team collaboration for academic success

Why Learning Teams?
- “The University’s institutional research,supported by virtually every national education study of the past decade, confirms that employers expect colleges and universities to help develop this competency.” (University of Phoenix, 2014).

Utilizing each members learning style as an opportunity to strengthen the team dynamic

Strategies in Using Conflict Resolution as Opportunities for Learning

Successful Collaboration
and Team Dynamics

COM/516 Professional Communications
By: Jacqueline Mendez, James Myers,
Sophie Keshi, Anthony Rivas, Akilah Theragood

Collaboration teaches us how to work with our peers
- Valuable experience we can apply to our careers after we graduate

How to share our ideas and be receptive to the ideas of other
- Collaboration teaches us to communicate our point of view clearly and be receptive to others criticism/ideas

Gives us multiple points of view
- We can learn from the experiences that are shared by others

Online where there is no classroom it gives us a chance to engage with our
classmates in a meaningful and productive way.
- Disagreements are reconciled
- Improvements are made
- Team works with each others ideas
Just like in any relationship, conflict is normal but together you work things out and become better
If something did not work before, don’t do it again. Try something new
Stay on topic when making comments

Keep an open mind
Learn strengths and weaknesses
Stimulate Creative Thinking

Crucial Communication Skills
for Effective Team Learning
Team creates a RoadMap for Success
Analyze group's goal
Create boundaries
Document group commitment
Set meeting dates
Assign group members roles
Agree on the best method for team to communicate

Crucial Communication Skills for an Effective Learning Team.

Group’s goal reinforced
Create timeline for deadlines
Send email reminders for approaching deadlines
Develop/maintain an active archives of all form of group communications

Effective Components necessary for team success

“Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships”.

-Michael Jordan
1. Conflict Resolution
2. Openness
3. Meeting Management
4. Characteristics of team members
5. Customers and Suppliers
6. Virtual Teamwork
Effective Components
of a Successful Team
Observation, reflection, and evaluation

Individual growth: knowing how to be a team member and also a leader

Allow everyone to have an opinion

“knowing how to be a good follower is as important to ensuring the success of a team as knowing how to lead them.”
Motivational Strategies to increase productivity

1. Nudge individual perspectives closer to team perspectives
2. Maintain a concern for time
3. Alert the team when it is seeking a “vague and undefined perfect solution”
4. Focus on agreements reached so far (use informal voting to determine new outcomes)
5. Define the limited purpose of each team meeting
6. Make clear transitions when moving from stage to stage
7. If a genuinely contentious issue arises, assign a small group of members to resolve the issue
8. Set deadlines for making intermediate and final decisions.
9. If the ultimate decision is too much to discuss , reduce it to smaller pieces
10. In a slow moving team, summarize frequently
Forming, storming, norming and performing… maximum productivity with minimal distraction.
The value of team collaboration for academic success
The value of team collaboration for academic success
Strategies in Using Conflict Resolution as Opportunities for Learning
Conflicts can be an opportunity for growth when teams are friendly. A strong team is able to mediate between disputes and recognize the positive outcome. It is normal to bump heads every now when working with someone else.
Part of making mistakes is learning from them. If something did not work in the past, try a different method.
When giving back feedback it is important to stay on topic and do not say negative comments if it is not going to help the situation.
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Strategies in Using Conflict Resolution as Opportunities for Learning
If the conflict is constructive there is always a learning opportunity. One strategy to make the conflict constructive is to keep an open mind. Listen to what other team members need to say. Learn each others strengths and weaknesses so the proper roles can be assigned. Stimulating creative thinking will allow to come up with new ideas that both members agree on.
Destructive- Do not take comments personally, be aware of your reactions and don’t compare them to personal experiences. Avoiding the problem will only make things worse. Work together instead of trying to win your way, learn how to compromise from the very beginning.
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Utilizing each members learning style as an opportunity to strengthen the team dynamic
Any team whether it is academics or athletics needs to have chemistry, once chemistry has been established there is nothing a team cannot achieve.
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Crucial Communication Skills
Clear individual expectation- when groups member have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and have accept their individual responsibility for achieving their goals. Members should also know and understand other members roles as well.
Team Motivation- Group members should be motivating each other and themselves on working towards the group common goal.
Team Feedback- Team feedback helps to get the group focus and on the same page when it comes the quality of work being produced.
Positive Reinforcement- Provides a relaxing and encouraging environment among the group, which will help the group communicate better.
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Crucial Communication Skills
Active listening is listening with a purpose. When you’re actively listening you’re not just listening for the sake of listening but listening to better understanding what someone is saying. Active listening is a crucial communication skill beause it provides a positive team working environment. It helps to ensure that each group member is being fully heard and understood by the team and it also helps to keep egos and emotions at door as well.

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Effective Components necessary for team success
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Effective Components Necessary for Team Success
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Motivational Strategies to increase productivity
Motivational Strategies to increase productivity
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While collaborating in learning teams may have its challenges, the benefits however, will always be rewarding. If a team effectively communicates, establishes cohesive goals and expectations, then success will surely follow. Though one might find bumps along the way, it is important to rely on the support and community of ones team members. As the saying goes, "two heads are better than one," together we can empower each other with our individual strengths and knowledge!
Learning Teams help develop skills and attitudes that contribute to
the success of students both during their degree program and after they have entered the workforce.

Taking comments personal
Trying to win to prove you are right

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to
play it.

Halford E. Luccock
Exploring the relationship between multiple team membership and team performance

Clear individual expectations
Team motivation
Team feedback
Positive reinforcement

Be an Active Listener

Be present
Respond Appropriately
Keep an open mind
Engage yourself

When teams are effective and efficient, team members are satisfied.

1. Effective Components Necessary for team success-
Parker, G. (2003). Cross-Functional Teams: Working with allies, enemies and other strangers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. pp. 170-194

2. Motivational Strategies to increase productivity-
Paris, M.(2002, October 18) Forming, storming, norming and performing as a team
Swardiness, P.M., Aldrige,M.D (1996, July/August). Ten rules for timely task completion in cross functional teams

3. Crucial Communication skills for an effective learning team.
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4. Utilizing each members learning style as an opportunity to strengthen the team dynamic.
Klein, J(2006, September) The Officical website of Coach Krzyzewski. CoachK.co

5. Dawson, P Peter ,(1985) Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior, Pearson Education, Inc. Saddle River, NJ. pp. 424-449

•People have to be given the freedom to show the heart they possess. I think it’s a leader’s responsibility to provide that type of freedom. And I believe it can be done through relationships and family. Because if a team is a real family, it’s members want to show you their hearts.

Utilizing each members learning style as an opportunity to strengthen the team dynamic
Nevertheless, evaluating the development of teamwork individually is not simple, given that on many occasions there is no objective evidence to study.
That is, team members behave more similarly. When a team has greater
convergence, deep acting by individual members should be related to lower emotional exhaustion and higher
job satisfaction and in-role performance. In a sample of mature work teams, these hypotheses received general
It is important that teams focus on more than one component in order have a successful outcome. The following are internal issues that will positively affect teams.

1. Being able to resolve conflict and discuss when issues are present is key to having a successful team. Teams who are able to resolve their issues by finding solutions quickly and communicate excel in their projects.

2. Openness is important because that shows an amount of trust has been built within the team. When teams have openness, they are confident in sharing their views with each other even if their views are opposing to the majority.

3. Conducting meetings and times to chat together for the sake of the project, is a huge component of team building. When the team can collaborate with each other and share ideas during the designated meeting time, more work is able to get completed.

4. Understanding that each individual member has their own style to contribute to the team, most teams are able to specify each members strengths and distribute them for the best of the team.

5. Networking is also important with teams if teams are able to network when possible.

6. Technology has strengthened many teams! Using technology to communicate and create projects has enabled teams to expand their creativity and build on their efficiency.
There are three factors to building a successful team, in addition to the six internal issues teams are able to use these guidelines to make sure they are on the path to success.

1. Observation, reflection and evaluation will contribute to the team's communication and conflict resolution. Observation and reflection allow the team to see progress and improvement. Evaluation forces the team to discover any flaws to make necessary changes.

2. It's important that all members of the team try to develop themselves as leaders and members. A well rounded team member will be able to contribute to the team and lead when necessary.

3. When everyone is allowed to share their personal opinions on specific projects, that will add to the teams success. Every member needs to have n opinion to ensure the project is reflective of all members.

All of these components focus on togetherness, these all allow the team to be more efficient in it's work and effect the outcome of the team.
These ten rules for task completion focus on the individual team member and also the development of the team leader. Individual perspectives and time management are essential to staying productive. Staying motivated throughout a project fulfills personal goals and also team goals. Defining the purpose of each meeting and separating the group into "focus" groups when it comes to conflict allows the team to stay on task and develop communication between individual members. The main motivation should be the success of the team as a whole; and in order to stay motivated, the ten rules will help serve as a guideline to staying productive.
Forming, storming, norming and performing are basic steps for a team who wants to develop togetherness and team productivity.

Forming is the developmental stage of a team when they are initially coming together and learning each other, in this stage there is low interaction and low trust.

Storming is another developmental stage when the team has had more interaction and have started to build some trust with each other.

The stage of norming is when the team finally starts to make progress and get into the rhythm of working with each other. By this stage, the team has decided on the team goal, ground rules and have experienced engagement and encouragement with each other.

Performing is the final stage that most teams should strive to achieve. The team has developed team togetherness and positivity. The success of this stage is a result of effective leader.

Productivity is the outcome of growth within the stages, and if the team is continuing to work towards the final stage, they will obtain stronger trust, communication and togetherness.
Collaboration, is often time something we all dread when it comes to an academic setting however learning how to build productive and effective teams is invaluable to life after the classroom.

Learning Teams are a way to start that process inside of the classroom.
One of the biggest advantages to collaboration in the academic setting is the exchange of ideas. Many of the positives of collaboration in an academic setting come down to learning how to be receptive to new ideas and how to properly communicate your own ideas to those that you are working with.

In an online classroom collaboration becomes an even more important factor. When you are unable to see your professor or other classmates collaborative work is way to interact that would otherwise be absent from the virtual classroom. It challenges our ability to adapt how we deliver and receive messages and communicate with people who are not right in front of us.
Motivational Strategies to increase productivity
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