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Promoting positive group practices to foster success of group goals and projects. 

Workshops in the collaboration stream focus on the following areas:

Team Membership

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and establish ground rules for working as a team and help in developing the mission, vision, values, and/or goals of a group.
  • Identify the different roles within a partnership and/or team, and understand the value of different roles (i.e., types of leaders and followers).
  • Identify and try to support the needs of group members.
  • Understand how diversity within a group influences partnership/team dynamics, and capitalize on the diversity to achieve a goal.

Project Planning

Students will be able to:

  • Identify, prioritize, and define collective SMART project goals.
  • Make a well-informed plan and timeline for project completion.
  • Complete tasks based on a project timeline and identify when group goals need to be adjusted.
  • Identify when their work is thorough and advances a project.
  • Identify and set appropriate metrics of success.

Group Dynamics

Students will be able to:

  • Identify various group dynamics and understand how different dynamics influence a group.
  • Work constructively with team members in a variety of situations (e.g., stressful, challenging, fast-paced).
  • Show appreciation for the commitment of others.
  • Provide assistance and/or encouragement to team members.
  • Encourage all team members to participate in projects. 

Conflict Resolution

Students will be able to:

  • Describe different types of conflict and conflict resolution strategies.
  • Select an appropriate style of conflict resolution based on the group and/or group goals.
  • Address and resolve potential or ongoing issues in a way that strengthens overall group cohesiveness and effectiveness.
  • Help a team move forward by articulating the merits of alternative ideas when appropriate.

Effective Group Communication & Feedback

Students will be able to:

  • Use positive vocal or written tone, appropriate etiquette, and respectful body language to convey an encouraging, positive attitude about a group and its work.
  • Foster open communication with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.
  • Tailor their communication strategies to establish positive interactions with others by listening carefully, articulating their ideas explicitly and adapting to others.
  • Appropriately provide and respond to positive and negative feedback.
  • Understand the influence of contextual factors on giving and receiving feedback. 
  • Know when and how to implement the feedback received.
  • Realize that change as a result of feedback takes time, effort, and reflection.


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