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Collaboration. Research collaboration is common, but it is not always a seamless operation. What are your experiences with collaborative work or projects of any kind?. Specifications for writing assignments:. No font smaller than 10 pt. Double space

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  • Research collaboration is common, but it is not always a seamless operation.
  • What are your experiences with collaborative work or projects of any kind?
specifications for writing assignments
Specifications for writing assignments:
  • No font smaller than 10 pt.
  • Double space
  • Write explanatory notes that help me keep track of which section you are working on, which parts are rewrites, etc.




multiple authors see valiela pp 135 136
Multiple Authors(see Valiela, pp. 135-136)
  • Reasons to share in the authorship:
    • importance of individual’s contribution
    • availability and ability to write
    • helpful technical support work
    • prestigious position
  • Usually, the senior author makes final decisions on structure of manuscript.
  • All authors should be able to defend and explain the work in public.
collaboration in this class
Collaboration in this class
  • We give each other feedback on our writing and oral communication skills.
  • You will “teach” in a couple of the classes and will present your work to the rest of us.
  • You visit with me regularly to discuss your writing, etc.
communication mechanisms
Global, electronic


asynchronous editing

“Track Changes” in MS Word

message boards



Local, face-to-face


synchronous editing of written info./designs

informal meetings – combine with social event

Danger: distraction

collaboration team strategies
Collaboration: Team Strategies
  • Get to know each other.
  • Allow and encourage disagreement.
  • Draw out “silent partners.”
  • Try for consensus rather than “voting.”
  • Negotiate – use positive language.
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Be flexible.

These strategies work in the United States, at least.

collaboration logistical strategies
Collaboration: Logistical Strategies
  • Elect a leader.
    • At least, appoint project manager or recorder to track decisions made and action items.
  • Define jobs at beginning – work plan.
  • Don’t “assign” work; ask for volunteers.
  • Talk to team members – define differences.
  • Break into smaller teams.
  • E-mail to stay in touch between meetings.