[opensource] Group Dynamics

Michael Haig haig.1 at osu.edu
Tue May 23 00:38:48 EDT 2006

I'm just curious, but do you notify the professor when such a
situation arises?  I always get made fun of for doing it, but
everytime I'm in a situation where group members do not pull their
weight, I notify the professor and then keep detailed records of what
each member contributes.

I had a similar situation in my senior design group last quarter.  We
had one member that just disappeared in the middle of the quarter and
then showed up the day of the final presentation and was like "what am
I presenting?"  Luckily, after the first week of him being gone we
notified the professor and immediately kept track of what everyone
contributed.  This helped a lot because the class work was immense and
was difficult being short a member.

Michael Haig

On 5/23/06, Steven James Samuel Stapleton <stapleton at mps.ohio-state.edu> wrote:
> Can't say I've had much in the way of good experiences with my groups at
> OSU, I've always been forced into the role of Rambo, although I've never
> wanted it. My team members usually *tried*, but never quite grasped class
> concepts (with one exception). I typically had to spend a lot of time
> teaching them how do the task, and trying to get them to pull their weight
> before finally giving in and doing it myself, because when it came down to
> the bottom line, I felt getting a good grade myself was more important than
> providing them an education that they either didn't want or were unable to
> get. There were two exceptions to this. One exception did pretty well,
> except the idea of thorough testing eluded him, and I found an error in his
> program because he only used the test data the teacher provided, and didn't
> want to run more test data (even though the teacher said he would use valid
> input data that wasn't provided). The other person basically said that he
> had a part time job that was more important, and other classes, so we were
> on our own, admitting right up front that he was just going to leach off of
> our work.
> -Jim
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