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Group Projects: Plan for Positive Results

Planning Tools

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Open communication and organization are important for a successful group project. These tools will help you share information from a distance and keep everyone updated on the progress of the project.

Getting Started

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  • Begin with introductions.
  • Create a group member contact sheet with emails and cell phone numbers

  • Choose a leader who will keep the group on track and keep communication lines open.

  • Plan when, where and how you will meet and share information. See the "Getting Together" box on this page for planning face-to-face meetings, and the "Planning Tools" box for sharing documents.

  • Set goals and deadlines, but be flexible and pad your calendar to allow extra time.

  • Choose tasks for each group member, and don't forget to include deadlines. Make sure expectations are clear.

  • If your instructor provided a grading rubric, make sure your project is on track to meet all of the requirements for an A.

  • Communicate with your instructor, whether it's for clarification on the assignment or if your group has members who are not participating.

  • Ask your instructor or a librarian if you need help. Don't wait until the last minute.



Getting Together

If your group needs to meet face-to-face, use these tools to determine a good meeting date. There are several others available online.

Most CPTC libraries have study rooms that can be reserved (please check with the library for restrictions at this time). Also check with your instructor to see if your classroom can be used for a group project meeting. 

Group Project Links