Post # 1
So I have a group project that is a MAJOR part of my grade, and intended to be a semester long project. And one of my other group memebers decided to run off on her own and do like half the project before it is even fully explained. And I know, most people would love not having to do the work, but it is MY grade, so I want to make sure the work is up to MY stanard of work. And then when I tried to contribute she was like “Well, it isn’t due for months (seriously, due in NOVEMBER) so we don’t need to do that much one it.” I’m like, for real?!?! When you have been hounding us for 3 days about needing to get stuff for it done? GAHHHH.
Post # 3
I concur. I would MUCH rather do projects on my own.
Post # 4
Ugh group projects are awful. At least your member is somewhat active, I HATE the ones that just don’t even give a crap and bring your team down, especially if YOU are the only one who cares and the other members do not.
Post # 5
I’m doing 3 group projects right now, so I feel you. And I’m trying really hard to be motivated, since it’s my last semester. I’m doing as much work of my part ahead as I reasonably can so I don’t have to think about it anymore.
In my groups at least the majority of my people care, except one guy, who’s done nothing since the project started. Oh well. I’m graduating anyway, bitch.
Post # 6
I detested group work. I teach college classes and I purposely avoid assigning anything with group projects because I remember how much I hated it.
Post # 7
One of my biggest pet peeves in college. I got a B on a group project when I did my part and deserved an A. Ugh… so mad…
Post # 8
I also hated group work. I would usually take on the role of editor, which meant I could rewrite things as needed!
Post # 9
I’m SO glad I met a girl last semester who works exactly at my pace and to my standards! I’m genuinely upset we don’t have any classes together this semester. We had two major ones last semester, and having her made everything so much less stressful.
Needless to say, we’re planning to coordinate our schedules next semester. I miss her already.
Post # 10
As an instructor who assigns a major group work project for university students, I swear there’s a purpose! I also don’t assign the same grade to every group member; there’s a group grade based on quality of work, and then everyone evaluates their group members so there’s no hiding when you’re a slacker.
Post # 11
Haha, this thread just reminded me of when I was in grad school and taking a course that was mixed grad/undergrad. My group had to write a final paper and do a project. The one other competent girl in the group took charge of the project, and I agreed to head up the paper. I tried to get input all weekend from my two “helpers,” and they didn’t respond at all, so I just wrote the paper (no problem, that’s fine.) THEN, the one guy writes me, tells me he has “managed to fix the minor grammatical errors in the paper,” and no joke, just gives me back my paper with about 30 extra commas (it was only 5 pages long). Now, I don’t think I’m a brilliant writer, but I did receive the “best graduate paper” award two years in a row, and co-authored papers with my professor, so i’m certainly competent. Here is what i got from him (just a sample):
Although, many musicians have been heavily criticized for making implied threats in a song, or for expressing controversial ideas, or issues involving death, through their music, there have been many songs written throughout history that can inspire, motivate, or influence people’s attitudes on death, and also on how they should live.
I don’t know what the poor guy was thinking… I just turned in the original draft.
Post # 12
@kittyface: Yeah, but some people are just not honest so I don’t agree with having a student evaluate another student on group projects. I agree with individual ones as the grades are specifically for one person. If you have a student that is a straight A and then she has a B or C because of a group project, that really puts a damper on things for that straight A student! Could put them into a depression or worse.
Post # 13
I think some group projects have a legitimate purpose, and if they’re thought out and there are safeguards to prevent both someone taking over too much and someone slacking off, I’m not opposed to them on principle. BUT, I do think they are overused. A lot.
Post # 14
Group projects are the worst.
Post # 15
Hated it. Someone always ended up not doing any of the work and I ended up doing double because I cared more about the grade.
Post # 16
@happyface: but the student should learn to be an advocate for his/her grades. if they deserved the A, they could speak to the professor.