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Alexis Musial COMM 3411 10/6/15 First Set of Journals Meeting #1: 1. What happened: Meghan and Sarah were already in the classroom when I walked in. We all agreed that it would be easiest to meet up in our normal classroom and go elsewhere if we thought necessary. The group met at the normal class time of 11:00 AM and ran a little bit over normal class time until about 12:15 PM. While we waited for Max to join us, Sarah asked if Meghan or I had any ideas for our group name. I mentioned that our name spelled out SAMM, but I didn’t come up with too much else. She said she noticed that too. Meghan asked if I like dogs, and I do. “Good, I hope Max does too,” Meghan said. Sarah actually works at the Vet Hospital and loves dogs. As soon as Max arrived, Meghan quickly asked him if he likes dogs. He replied, “Dogs are the best.” That’s how we decided we are the Wolf Pack. We then discussed whether we would do a PowerPoint or a puzzle collage visual. Although a puzzle collage would have been cool, we all agreed that a PowerPoint would be the easiest to put together. Sarah opened one and shared it with all of us in Google Slides and we all began working on it. We each picked dog that related to us, or that we really liked. We each worked on our own slides pretty independently. However, we did make comments about liking the pictures, the moto, etc. Sarah also showed us a song that had dogs (and cats) in the video; we also agreed it is a song that went together with working in a group. We never want to let each other down. We brainstormed other visuals such as, Bonz candy, dog ear headbands, and possibly even puppy chow. Sarah did go into Target and Michael’s but neither had dog ears. She shared this information over email. I responded saying that I may have some extra headbands and we could use colorful paper or socks to make ears. I did not receive a response. Meghan learned that if you type “dog’s breed personality” into Google, the list pops right up on the search page. This made it easy for all of us to search our dog and add its personality onto our slide in the presentation. We liked all having our own slides so we could fit a few pictures of our dog and list out the personalities so that they were easy to read. We continued to put little details on the PowerPoint (the dog bones and paw prints). It came to be 12:15 PM and we decided that we were done for the day. Anything else that needed to be finished we would do on our own. 2. Analysis: So far, we are just in the form phase and still trying to figure one another out. Topics are generally related to the task at hand. There is seldom too much sidechatting besides the basic “How are you?” and maybe a few comments about the week or weekend. There’s still a lot of uncertainty about the group and how smoothly or unsmooth things will go. I feel that I do a lot of waiting around to see what other people think to put in my ideas or agreement so I don’t seem like the outcast. As of right now, I kind of feel like we may stay in the form phase because we all want to do good in the class and it doesn’t seem like people are hostile or obnoxious. However, I know that can change in any instance because of one small comment that leads to a big disagreement. If I were to say anyone is the leader or going to take the leadership position it would be Sarah. I say this because she generally takes charge of sending emails, setting up Google Docs, and Max and I generally tend to look at her when we ask questions. This brings me to communication variable. It seems everyone asks a lot of questions to make sure actions are okay with everyone in the group. We want to make sure that we are all on the same page and make sure our goals are being met by what is being done. Goals of the group are to get a passing grade in the class and make that process as easy as we can. This goes side by side with the cohesion of the group; as long as we all remain on the same page with our goals then cohesion should remain high. Meeting in the classroom at normal class time does not seem to be an issue. It’s a good time for everyone’s brain to be awake. Using the classroom as our meeting space actually worked out because there are not many people who stay there. We got to directly ask a few questions to Camille and that helped us get into our project. Deadlines for this project were easy to follow because we got pretty much everything done within the meeting time. I have a feeling this will not always be the case though. Overall, I think our group is going pretty well. We may want to open up our communication a little bit more so that we can directly express norms that we want to have in the future and goals we want to consistently commit too. We didn’t touch too much on rules or anything, which may come back to bite us later. 3. Evaluation: Overall I felt the first group meeting was very successful. There were no arguments and we got pretty much everything prepared for the presentation in that one meeting. We quickly came together and got an idea and put it to work. We talked amongst each other while still working on the presentation. The process was easy and not full of stress. It was nice for all of us to be on the same page and be productive together. It does not seem like we will have a group member holding us back or being obnoxious or difficult. I feel like we could have tried to brainstorm more ideas. We lacked on visuals and things to connect our group together. One idea that I shared a little too late was all of us had mentioned we were kind or loved to help people, so we could have all been KIND bars. We could have all chosen KIND bars and related the flavors to ourselves. With this we could have passed out Kind bars or used ads, ingredients, etc. to relate back to our group. Also, communication outside of the classroom could have improved much more. I was quite upset that I didn’t get a response about doing the dog ears. Now it seems to be pretty general that only Sarah and I really email back. However, Max has responded to one of my emails. I’m hoping to bring this up in our next group meeting. Texting or Facebook may be a better source of communication for our group. I also want to bring up the Group Rules we typed into a shared word document but never finalized or discussed in person. I am working on sharing my ideas more and not feeling like my opinions will be judged. It’s hard because I am the youngest in my group and sometimes I think my ideas may not be on the same skill level as everyone else’s. When I wait to share my ideas they either end up unheard or are shared too late to actually change the idea that we already started working on. Something I would like to do is have dinner with everyone to break the ice and so we can get to know each other outside of the classroom. I feel that will be the easiest way for everyone to connect. Meeting #3: 1. What happened: For this meeting, we again agreed to meet up in the regular classroom at the same time as our class period. When I got there Max, Meghan, and Sarah were already there. A little bit of side talking happened but we pretty much started right away. We discussed what our finalized policy question would be according to the email we received back about the question Sarah sent in. We decided just to stick to ‘Should Uber be regulated like Taxis?’ Sarah put it on the slide for us. We moved on to talk about our outline. There was a pretty good draft of what our outline is but there are still a lot of debatable topics. We talked a little bit about the bibliography and how many credible sources we currently have for the outline. To clarify all confusion, we opened up an email to type in any questions we had. Most of those were just clarification on how to avoid a comparative analysis, whether to talk about the background of each and how extensively, and how in depth the outline should be. Max brought up how he found a video of the Daily Show doing a little excerpt on Uber. We attempted to watch it but we got a bit sidetracked with other issues. I remembered that we were supposed to discuss if there was any preference on what day we went. We came to the conclusion that no one really cared what day we went. Max said he’d actually be okay with going first and getting it out of the way. We moved on to talk about who would do what. It went pretty easily because we all got to choose what topics we liked. I chose to work on ‘Why do people pick Uber?’ and ‘Uber’s Growth.’ Then we decided that we should all have our portions done by our next group work day, Thursday the 15 . h Still confused about how to avoid a comparative analysis but still providing enough information, we talked more about history and if we should just do requirements to be a taxi driver versus requirements to be an Uber driver. We currently left slides up of both and figured we could decide later. I then got to ask if anyone would be willing to meet outside of these group work days. Sarah thought it would be a good idea. Max asked if we could all meet after a regularly scheduled class. I mentioned that Meghan has a class right afterwards. Then I have two more classes after she gets out of that one. We tried to do it for Friday since I don’t have my 1:00 PM class but I have to work. I said I could get out of it, but after putting thought into it I thought it would be silly to go into work for an hour. So I asked if anyone would be available evenings. Sarah said Tuesday and Thursdays. Max said he could do that. Meghan said Thursday she could. I said I could on Thursday so we finalized our next meeting for Thursday at 5:30PM at Black Coffee and Waffle Bar. Whether we would talk about France and New York/United States controversies or just United States controversies with a focus in New York was a huge debate in our group. Meghan and I felt like France may be unnecessary and drawing away from our focus. It’s not too relatable to us because we don’t live over there. However, Max did mention it is a twenty minute presentation so we may need the information to fill time. We decided we would just ask what the best approach would be in an email. The last thing we really discussed was adding a last slide to the presentation that would be about how we feel or our final decision on the matter. I mentioned it is probably too soon for us to come to any type of conclusion, but it would be good to have it in our outline. 2. Analysis: I would still say that we are in the form phase. We are not entirely sure of each other still. Outside of class, we don’t know much at all about each other. I am hoping that this next group meeting will change that. Having a meeting outside of class, where we can sit down and eat I feel will be very helpful to talking about life outside of school. This would actually lead towards our group being more cohesive. In my last journal I mentioned how I thought we were cohesive because we have the shared interest and we are all on the same page. Recently we discussed the five sign of having a cohesive team. The only one that we have already is arguing or openly disagreeing with each other. In this meeting we disagreed about whether to include France or not. Going along with Belbin’s roles, Sarah would be our coordinator because she continues to send out our emails and open our Google Docs. She does also bring the group to a consensus before we finalize something on the Doc. Sarah makes sure that we all come to an agreement about something that we are going to be presenting on. On the other hand, I feel that Meghan is the monitorevaluator. She tends to be the one to freely speak her mind if she does not like something. She does give good feedback or reason along with her disagreement. Meghan does also leave room for others’ to have their opinions. Then there is Max, who I would say is an originator. He is the one who came up with the idea to present on Uber and has found a lot of useful documents to cover our presentation. Lastly, I would consider myself to be the finisher. I like to go online and make sure our Google Doc is done. Little details like adding pictures or dog prints, adjusting format, etc. are all things that I focus on. This recent meeting I wanted to make sure that we had enough group work days to complete the project. I didn’t think we did so I mentioned having one outside of the provided days, especially considering that we have to practice presenting a few times. Again, meeting in the classroom seemed to work just fine for us. However, during this session we learned that people don’t like early morning and most of us are quite fine with evenings. The only thing that will change will be the location may really affect how productive we are when we work. In order to avoid this, I am going to email out a suggestion for staying on topic during the meeting. We do already have a guideline for each of us to complete out of class and it was defined that we would finish that slide we were assigned so that there was no confusion. Overall, I think the group is still doing a good job. We have a few things to improve on. We need more detailed guidelines of what is going to happen in the group meeting. Talking about things directly, for me, is something that I need to do so that all issues can be handled before it turns into a bigger issue. If there are communication issues outside of class now, then we should fix that so in the future there aren’t any serious issues with communication. 3. Evaluation: I was most pleased with this group meeting because it seemed all of us were excited to meet outside of the time we are given to meet. This will be a good opportunity because we can get to know each other and connect a bit more on a more personal level. We didn’t get too much of a quantity of work to show for on our presentation but we did get a lot done as far as assigning work and talking about how things will play out. To make things easier on all of us we could have tried to get more work on the slides done so we would have less to worry about outside of class. Another way to do things would have been to create the outline as a guideline to follow for the meeting. Filling in slides one at a time and really discussing what we want to focus on and how it relates back to our question. Overall this just means we need a better plan for each meeting. To do this we could send out an email to each other saying what everyone thinks we should get out of the upcoming meeting. One thing I know that I really need to work on is being able to bring up things that bothered me. I did ask if people preferred text or email for communication but everyone was pretty nonchalant and didn’t care about how we communicated outside of class. I was trying to touch on the fact that many people didn’t reply to emails that were sent out. I didn’t directly say this though. I’m not sure how to present this in the future. Another thing I need to work on is being more prepared. I’ve been doing all of my work on my phone because I don’t bring my laptop with me. This can make my work slower or make it seem as though I am texting and not paying attention to the task at hand. Also I will feel more involved and part of the group if I match with what everyone else has (laptop).
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