Activity 11: Collaborative Activity 1 - Create Group Responsibilities
A Discussion Forum in Weeks 2 and 3 for the entire class

Group Responsibilities – Now We Know!
Activity Goals:
1. Learners will collaboratively determine the top ten group responsibilities for BA 101 online group activities.
2. Learners will engage in discussions with other learners to discuss group responsibilities.
3. Learners will build skills for interacting with other learners in the course.
4. Learners will build communication skills using an online asynchronous discussion board.
5. Establish the team review form as a means to provide feedback on team member efforts and contributions.

Learning Outcomes:
Course Level - Apply business concepts dealing with issues arising in a business setting.
Chapter Level - Identify group responsibilities relevant to teamwork and practice good communication skills: Chapter 8: Organization,
Teamwork, and Communication

Content Delivery Week 2 and 3Activity – Group Responsibility for Accountability

e-Learning Experience: Learner = Novice Faculty = Experienced

e-Classroom Size: Medium sized groups of 8 to 15 learners

Delivery Mode: Asynchronous (may be delivered synchronously)

Time on Task: Learners and instructor participate over seven days
Learner Posts - Minimum of five posts: one original and four responses
Learner Poll - Learners must participate in a course poll activity – 10 minutes
Approximate Time - 45 minutes total

Materials Required:
1. Access to the ANGEL learning management system BA 101 course;
a) access to the asynchronous discussion board
b) participate in the Group Responsibilities Poll
2. A list of responsibilities adapted from Watkins (2005):
*Come to online group meetings on time (if synchronous) prepared to contribute to group discussions.
*Maintain your role (e.g., leader, organizer, note taker).
*Keep records of what has been agreed on.
*Try to find common direction in working with others.
*Be a resource for the group.
*Listen to the ideas of others (read the entire posting before commenting).
*Take responsibility for helping the group.
*Make decisions and solve problems, rather than complaining.
*Speak only for yourself.
*Help evaluate the group effort.
*Self-evaluate your own contributions.
*Keep discussions focused.
*Do not disappear (e.g., stop answering email) without notification.
*Synthesize various contributions.
*Recognize, celebrate, and honor successes.
*Complete the tasks you agree to complete.
*Resist over-analysis of group discussions.
*Follow the group’s communication strategy.
*Avoid sarcasm, slang, jargon, and idioms.
*Be careful of miscommunication in online discussions

Course Content Preparation
1. Identify group members and notify learners which group they have been assigned and create group discussion forums – the same group responsibilities will be used for all groups.
2. Identify the relevant group responsibilities based on the list of responsibilities provided by Watkins (2005) and update or enhance the list to include only those items which are critical to the success of learners in the BA 101 course. A minimum of ten responsibilities should be identified.
3. Create a discussion post for learners with the list of responsibilities to discuss - what they believe are the top 10 responsibilities and how the responsibilities could be implemented. Require a minimum of one original post and four peer responses.
4. Provide instructions in the discussion post area which include the availability of a course group responsibility poll to be completed by learners along with the length of time the poll will be open and the close date and time of the poll.
5. Let learners add additional responsibility items as posted in the discussion area with a subject line of “please add group responsibility”.
6. Create a course poll for learners to rank up to 10 responsibilities.
7. Set the example as an instructor and post your own top 10 items and also take the poll for learners to view the online progress of
the poll.
8. Provide a grading rubric so learners understand the level of interaction required and the number of posts required (original
and responses) – Discussion Rubric
9. Provide the team member review form as a basis for creating group responsibilities to allow learners a framework from which to develop responsibilities and understand the requirements of collaborative group requirements associated with effort and contributions.
10. Develop posting requirements – for example include key words in the subject line; reminder of netiquette and discussion board
tips.

e-Classroom Facilitation:
Monitor postings for netiquette and appropriate communication – intervene only when necessary; encourage learners to review all posts of their peers for a positive online group experience. Notify learners of the final poll results and post the top ten responsibilities on the home page of the online course.

Activity Concept Credit:
Group Member Responsibilities – Watkins (2005); based in part on Watkins and Corry (2005) and Group Effectiveness: Understanding group member roles. (1994, October). Michigan State University Extension. Retrieved by Watkins on January 19, 2004, from www.msue.msu.edu/msue/imp/modii/ii719202.html

Discussion Posting: Access the ANGEL system to view the full activity

Full Instructions Provided to Learners: Available within the ANGEL system and listed below
You will be working in groups/teams for two future learning activities in this course. Now that you have introduced yourselves to your classmates it is time to develop a list of group responsibilities. The class will identify a list of 10 responsibilities within the discussion forum which each group will adhere to during group/team activities. Each team will discuss their top 10 responsibilities and then take a course poll (anonymous) which is completed by all learners to determine the "Class 10 Group Responsibilities".
Follow these guidelines:
1. Subject Line should read: Group Responsibilities - Your first name and last name goes here
2. Review the Team Member Review Form to develop an understanding of the requirements which will be used to assess team member effort and contribution as a framework for the group responsibilities.
3. From the list of group responsibilities below submit an original post of your top 10 group responsibilities (adapted from Watkins, 2005):
  • Come to online group meetings on time (if synchronous) prepared to contribute to group discussions.
  • Maintain your role (e.g., leader, organizer, note taker).
  • Keep records of what has been agreed on.
  • Try to find common direction in working with others.
  • Be a resource for the group.
  • Listen to the ideas of others (read the entire posting before commenting).
  • Take responsibility for helping the group.
  • Make decisions and solve problems, rather than complaining.
  • Speak only for yourself.
  • Help evaluate the group effort.
  • Self-evaluate your own contributions.
  • Keep discussions focused.
  • Do not disappear (e.g., stop answering email) without notification.
  • Synthesize various contributions.
  • Recognize, celebrate, and honor successes.
  • Complete the tasks you agree to complete.
  • Resist over-analysis of group discussions.
  • Follow the group’s communication strategy.
  • Avoid sarcasm, slang, jargon, and idioms.
  • Be careful of miscommunication in online discussions.
  • Add your own - be respectful and must be appropriate

4. Posting requirements: Post one original responsibilities list post. Respond to a minimum of four classmate discussion posts to indicate your agreement or disagreement of the chosen responsibilities (remember netiquette and be respectful). Take the time to review posts by all of your classmates.

5. All responses need to be completed by the beginning of the third week of the term - Monday at 6:00 a.m.

6. Grading: Maximum 10 discussion points awarded per the grading rubric

6. Tips for Success: Review the discussion board tips located on the home page in the tips for success section, remember netiquette, be respectful and use proper sentence structure and grammar.

Note: The top 10 Group Responsibilities will be posted by the instructor at the close of the poll.

Learning Outcomes:
Course Level Apply business concepts dealing with issues arising in a business setting.
Chapter Level Identify group responsibilities relevant to teamwork and practice good communication skills: Chapter 8: Organization, Teamwork, and Communication