At a Glance: No need to fear group projects. Stay organized and understand who you’re working with so each member’s expertise can shine.
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Group presentations are an opportunity to collaborate with other students and shine. The key is to employ some tricks to triumph and accomplish your group’s best work. Consider these tips from University of Phoenix faculty and advisors the next time you have a group project.


Get to know your team

In the online classroom, students might live across the country or around the world, work different hours or juggle numerous responsibilities. Get to know people’s backgrounds and schedules so everyone can take advantage of varying expertise and find the best times and ways to virtually meet and share work.


Focus on the big picture

Each team member will be responsible for certain parts of a project, but it’s important everyone knows the overall approach. Flesh that out first. You don’t want your presentation to be many puzzle pieces that don’t fit together.


Line up tech collaboration tools

Determine how the group will share work in progress or meet virtually for discussions. Whether it’s group chatting over Skype or sharing documents through cloud-based storage options, you will work efficiently and effectively if all group members use the same technology and formats.


Meet regularly

Plan to meet virtually and regularly to make sure everyone is working toward the same objectives. It’s much easier to keep the team on track by communicating regularly, even if it’s just for 10 minutes a week


Write for clarity

The most successful presentations are clean and concise, with seamless transitions. Work to avoid wordy projects that aren’t organized. Check out the Center for Writing Excellence to sharpen your skills.


Take charge (or assign someone to)

Put one person in charge of integrating everyone’s work into one seamless presentation. Another person should be in charge of managing the project to make sure everyone contributes equally. Designate backups so that other team members can get the job done in the case of an emergency.


Seek video advice

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