Although I do wonder how exactly can someone get into a master's program and ride other people's coat tails and not exert any effort whatsoever, I'm not sure I like this idea of a team paper, if we get an A, then its because of the people who did the work and its not fair to the ones who actually do the work to have to do someone else's workload. Are UOP Learning Teams like a social experiment? We have to do team evaluation for the teacher after each team assignment but I wonder if our individual evaluation's on the team members have any bearing on the outcome of the grade for each team member?
A social experiment that I recently heard about, the class was about socialism.
That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism". All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Source: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2289701/posts
So is that how it works with these learning teams? I want an A so I'll do my best no matter what and I'll continue to write the papers because I want an A in the class. These learning team evaluation always ask how these team assignment will help you both professionally and personally.
I'm not learning much about being a member of a team except
- some people are merely followers and not leaders and I don't want these people on my next team
- some people don't exert any effort and ride on others coat tails
- if I want an A, I'm going to have to write the papers
- how to play nice with others and don't run with scissors