Avoiding Groupthink

July 22nd, 2013

Groupthink is a term coined by Irving Janis in 1972.  It occurs when a group of individuals make faulty decisions in an effort to reach a consensus while avoiding conflict.

While there have been examples in history of groupthink with extreme consequences, groupthink also happens often on a smaller scale – like in your group projects or student organizations.

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Wiggio Group of the Month: Village to Village International

July 12th, 2013

This July, we featured Village to Village International as our Wiggio Group of the Month.  Village to Village International exists to bring hope to the global orphan crisis by caring and advocating for orphans and providing financial solutions for adoptions.  We connected with Matt Borst, the Executive Director, to learn more about their group.

How are you using Wiggio?

We are using Wiggio to help us communicate as a board of directors. One of the responsibilities of our board is to review and approve applications that come in to us. We post the applications and approve/disapprove them right on Wiggio.

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How did you hear about Wiggio?

One of our board members, Toussaint Goudeaux, brought it to us at one of our board meetings as a solution to things getting lost or buried in email threads. He found it through Google.

What feature do you use the most?

We are still learning all of the features, but the feature we use the most is uploading files. We upload our applications for approval, minutes from our previous board meetings, and documents, reports, and agendas for upcoming board meetings.

How has Wiggio helped your group?

It has simplified our communication as a board, made it easier to share reports, and documents for upcoming meetings, and has decluttered our email inboxes. We are excited to learn more of the features and to use them to their fullest.

Maintaining Your Org Over Summer Break

July 3rd, 2013

If you’re like me, the thought of summer break around the corner makes you want to don those bright summer shorts and slip into flip flops.  We know how hard it is to say goodbye to your friends but it’s even harder to stay in contact with your group members over the summer.  Here are some tips for being productive with your group:

Pre-Summer Planning:  Hold a meeting with your e-Board before the school year ends to discuss how you’d like to kick-off the Fall semester. Again, make sure to record your plans on an online shareable document! If you haven’t already set goals and points of improvement for next year, have that conversation as soon as possible.

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June Wiggio Group: Cambridge DELTA Trainees

June 10th, 2013

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This month, we connected with Wiggio user Marisa Constantinides.  She is using Wiggio to manage students in her online Teacher Education Courses for English Language Teachers.

Can you describe your group?

I started using Wiggio with a group of Cambridge DELTA trainees who are following an online course by attending webinars on teaching methods for English Language Teaching. My trainees come from the UK, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Greece (where CELT is located) so I was looking for a platform which would serve the needs of my course and be a safe, private and secure environment with a range of features.

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6 Ways to Make Your Group Presentation Stand Out

June 5th, 2013

When giving a group presentation, it is important to make sure that you keep your audience’s attention. After all, the goal is to make sure that they leave with the key points you are trying to present.  However, according to researchers the average attention span of an adult is 20 minutes, which is not a lot of time to get your message across. Fortunately, there are ways you can make your presentation more memorable:

  • group project memeTake turns.  During presentations, it seems that there is always one individual who speaks for a majority of the time, relative to his peers. You don’t want to have one person speaking for too long, as it may bore the audience. By having people speak in even amounts of time, you can reset the audience’s time span and the group as a whole will look more knowledgeable.
  • 10/20/30 Rule.  If you need a basic set-up, try and see if the 10/20/30 rule works:  10 slides, 20 minutes, 30 point font.

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