Why monitor?

Monitoring of groups is important for many reasons, mostly relating to time management. Students often leave group tasks until the last minute, resulting in a rushed completion and added pressure in the group. This may be caused by:

  • perceived inequality of status of group members. Some students lack the confidence to offer advice to others. In this case group members need to feel comfortable with each other, and good communication is important
  • limiting of collective decision making skills. This can be due to lack of confidence, but also because students usually make their own decisions. Democratic approaches can take time and effort, and compromise is the key to most impasse situations in group work
  • inability to resolve conflict. An early conflict can result in a deferring process that consumes time and leaves issues unresolved. Deferring can result in no or poor decisions and group members withdrawing from the task.