Team Behavior And Processes

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Team Behavior and Processes

There are many important elements that effect how a learning team behaves and the processes that a learning team chooses to complete tasks and reach desired goals. The current learning team has established roles and responsibilities, time management skills, and decision making strategies that allow the team to work up to it's full potential. The learning team has maintained a level of trust and responsibility to one another that must exist in order for the team to remain successful

Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities for a learning team should be identified within the first meeting (Thompson, 2000). When roles and responsibilities are established, it opens up the lines of communication and eliminates the need for team members to question each other's motives. Roles and responsibilities can possibly change from week to week, depending on the circumstances.

Within our learning team, we have established the criteria that we will rotate, on a weekly basis, the responsibility of formatting team papers within the APA guidelines and posting the papers to the assignments newsgroup. We have also established that we will post our individual sections of the team paper to the team newsgroup each Friday. This will allow the weekly editor to review the input and make any changes as they see necessary. There are times, however, when this is not always the case. All team members currently work full time and have families. Situations do arise when we simply cannot fulfill our responsibilities. If this should occur, it is the other team member's responsibility in making sure that the appropriate actions are taken so that the team can continue to function.

Time Management

When working in a learning team environment, time management skills are a tool that each member must utilize. Each member must make the time to fulfill his or her obligations to the learning team. If they do not, the results for the entire team can have a negative reflection. Time management skills are required in order for the each member to have a healthy balance of work, home, and school. Since this is our fourth class with the Flexnet program, we pretty much have established our time management skills in order for each member to fulfill their obligation to the team.

Decision-making strategies

The final decision for the learning team is based on the concurrence of all team members. Some members have input and some members are "go with the flow" type of individuals.
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