ENGL210F Lecture Notes - Active Listening

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Published on 23 Sep 2012
School
University of Waterloo
Department
English
Course
ENGL210F
Module 8: Writing in Teams, June 21, 2012
Objectives: By the end of this module, you should be able to:
 explain the challenges and benefits of collaborative writing,
 identify and apply the steps required for successful collaboration, and
 deal effectively with conflict in a group.
Readings: Chapter 2 page 52-53
Writing in Teams
 Active listening
o Be attentive and considerate to other viewpoints and be sure to understand the
ideas of others before giving your opinion.
 Select a team leader or project coordinator
o One person should be responsible for monitoring the progress of the team and
consolidates the various drafts.
 Brainstorm
o Meet (in our case, online) to brainstorm ideas and concepts for the formal report.
o Create an outline that designates who will write what section with due dates for
drafts and future compilation meetings.
 Agree on writing standards
o Agree on heading and sub-heading format, use of personal pronouns (see formal
report module), use of active voice, etc. to reduce the differences between the
various writing styles.
 Review each other’s work
o The best way to harmonize writing styles is to edit each other’s work. Keep an
open mind and be courteous in your edits and suggestions.
o This is the only way to assure that the entire document is coherent in style, for
example, all active voice.
Participation Guidelines
 Participation is crucial in group writing. Effective participation requires that you:
o Communicate
o Be present
o Meet deadlines
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Module 8: writing in teams, june 21, 2012. Objectives: by the end of this module, you should be able to: explain the challenges and benefits of collaborative writing, identify and apply the steps required for successful collaboration, and. Deal effectively with conflict in a group. Active listening: be attentive and considerate to other viewpoints and be sure to understand the ideas of others before giving your opinion. Select a team leader or project coordinator: one person should be responsible for monitoring the progress of the team and consolidates the various drafts. Brainstorm: meet (in our case, online) to brainstorm ideas and concepts for the formal report, create an outline that designates who will write what section with due dates for drafts and future compilation meetings. Agree on writing standards: agree on heading and sub-heading format, use of personal pronouns (see formal report module), use of active voice, etc. to reduce the differences between the various writing styles.

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