Praise for the Working In Groups Handout

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 15:40:26 -0800
From: Sally Jackson

I'm a communication professor at U. of Arizona (interested in on-line instruction at the moment) and stumbled over your working-in-groups page while looking for examples of communication skills instruction on the web.

My compliments on an excellent overview of how to work well in project teams. I would like to link it to my "Group WorkBench" tool, a flexible script-based resource that helps students organize their own activity using a private website.

Sally Jackson

Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 00:40:23 -0700 (MST)
From: Sally A Jackson <sjackson@U.Arizona.EDU>
To: Harel Barzilai <>
Subject: Re: working in groups
In-Reply-To: <>

Thanks for the quick reply. I found the working-in-groups page searching for communication skills sites using altavista. I would like to add the url to a script that generates group websites for students here at Arizona, as a resource they can look at both to improve their own work in groups and as an example of how one structure effective group interaction. Group WorkBench is one of a number of tools included in my Project for On-Line Instructional Support (POLIS), a UA faculty development initiative which is completely noncommercial and also open to any interested visitor:

Group WorkBench lets small groups of students create websites that are "private" only in the sense that a person can find them and access them only by knowing the name of the group (so the group name functions as a kind of nonsecure password). You can see an example at the POLIS site for my course, COM200-002, using group name Cougars. Group WorkBench automatically sets up certain resources, and I am working on a collection of url's on effective group processes to include among these resources. That's where I'd like to link your working-in-groups page.

Thanks again for the note. I do like the way you set up your advice on group work.

Sally J.