Success with Learning Teams
The University of Phoenix uses a learning team style approach toward learning in its academia. Research shows converting from a teacher-oriented program to a student-centered learning structure provides students with a greater sense of their own performance, increases independence in learning, and enhances lifelong learning (McGrath-Champ, 1996). This method will test a group’s ability to work as a team to accomplish its goals.
Working in teams always present drawbacks. Relying on other people to do a designated task within a given period can be a big stress for some. Participation and communication are also important things to consider. The ability to work effectively with the tools at one’s disposal can be the difference between success and failure. The Management 521 class has divided into learning teams and each team has put together a Learning Team Charter that will be used as a resource to achieve the team’s goals. My learning team has compiled a set of guidelines for group success in the MGT 521 class. I believe success will come from strong communication, group participation, and a good balance of time management between work, school and life. The following paragraphs outline ways the group will use the Learning Team charter to succeed throughout the MBA program.
To help better understand each other, each group member took assessment tests out of the Prentice-Hall Self Assessment Library (2009) to determine trust levels and listening skills. The results provide some indication of how interactions might go within the Learning Team. I scored 3 out of 5 on the Do I Trust Others test. My group members scored 2’s and one 4. I believe our results reflect that trust will not be given initially; it will need to be earned from the group. Trusting others is an important part of success in a work or school environment and I believe we can build that trust with clear and continuous communication. I believe communication can be...