Team Projects

Team Policies and Agreement
Coping With Hitch Hikers and Couch Potatoes on Your Team
Evaluation of Team Functioning
How to Write a 500- Word Proposal
Model Proposal
Models of Final Documents

Since this class by necessity only represents a limited selection of texts, and theories, it leaves a whole range of critical areas untouched. This is your opportunity to explore the the topic of the Spiritual Journey with three of your peers.

Each team has 20 minutes to present a project in class and get feedback from the audience (see syllabus for presentation dates.) Each team will also submit a material product that documents your work. You are free to choose the FORMAT of your oral presentation as well as that of the final document. The following two examples are among a wide range of possible documentation and presentation formats. They are meant to inspire your creativity, not to limit it!

  • You may decide to co-author a research paper, an option that seems appropriate for projects that involve literary analysis. You may use the 20 minute class time allotted to each team to present your findings and get feedback from your classmates. You will be given time to incorporate your peers' suggestions for strengthening your argument before handing in your final paper.

  • You may decide to create a web page with resource materials on the topic you are exploring. Such a web page should include an introductory page explaining the need that this resource is responding to, the characteristics of the intended audience, the rationale behind the organization of the material, and the nature of the contribution that your resources makes.

NB.: I ask each group to meet with me before reading days to discuss your project (for details see checklist below.) It is your responsibility to set up an appointment with me. You will also post a 500-word proposal on toolkit and give feedback on the proposals of your peers. Make sure that you provide your classmates with reading materials one week before your presentation.

Project Checklist

___ at your first meeting, please discuss, Team Policies and Agreement and Coping With Hitch Hikers and Couch Potatoes on Your Team.

___ by September 20: Make an appointment with the instructor.

___ Between Sept. 20 and Oct. 2: Meet with instructor to discuss your team project.
       Please bring a draft of your goals, project title, outline, time-line, distribution of responsibilities,        and preliminary bibliography.    

___ by Sunday Oct. 7, 8 p.m.: Post 500-word proposal of team-project.
       by Sunday Oct. 7, 8 p.m.: e-mail evaluation of team functioning
       by Monday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.:Post feedback on proposals.

___ by October 17, 8 p.m.. email bach@virginia.edu any reading materials you wish to upload to        our webpage and include a list of media needed for your presentation (DVD player, laptop,        projector)

___ between Oct. 30 and Nov. 6: Team Presentations. Please check syllabus for your specific time.

___ by Monday, November 13, 8 p.m.: email your completed peer evaluation form and your final        document.

Project Evaluation Criteria

Points
Criteria
5

Meeting with instructor:

  • bring a draft of your goals, project title, outline, time-line, distribution of responsibilities, and preliminary bibliography
15

500-word proposal:

30

Oral presentation

  • timely posting of reading materials one week before presentation
  • adherence to presentation time-limit (25-30 min)
  • clarity and organization of presentation
  • creativity in presentation style
  • public speaking skills (clarity of speech and expression, volume, eye contact)
  • effective interaction with the audience
  • incorporation of peer feedback on proposal
50

Final product, depending on project goals

  • clarity and organization
  • originality of insight
  • creativity of approach
  • effectiveness of communication
  • complex thesis
  • effective incorporation of in-class feedback
  • peer evaluation

 

Resources:

The Robertson Media Center provide access to video, audio, and image collections, medial-equipped carrels, group viewing spaces, and equipment to create electronic materials. The Center's staff offers support for the digitization and editing of images, sound and video and assists students with digital projects

ITC provides useful information and support for many computer, scanning and web related questions