Small Group Observation

I don’t know how to handle this Communications question and need guidance.


In a non COVID-19 world, this assignment would require you to do your best to physically attend a group meeting. Ideally, it would be a small group (5 – 12 people) but a larger group would also work. Unfortunately, as it is unsafe for you to physically attend a meeting, you can select to observe a group meeting online. Be sure to let us know the size of the group so we can get a sense of your experience.

If you are already a part of a group at work or if you are already attending a support group, church/religious group, or any group where there is a designated leader present, please feel free to observe the group you are participating in but communicate that in your answer to question #1.

Note: Avoid social groups such as a group of friends hanging out or a group of people playing a video game online, or a group of ants building a nest (yes, I know! I had to say this because I received an assignment in the past where someone ‘observed’ a group of ants, haha 🙂 I’m sorry but I will mark the assignment with a ZERO! If you are unsure, please check with me.

–You need to answer six questions about the group you observe. There isn’t a time requirement about how long you need to watch the group. You do need to watch long enough to be able to clearly answer the six questions.

–Please try to watch a group meeting from start to finish online or if you attend one, stay and watch the whole meeting. For example:

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Please select another group online other than the above (avoid using the salad dressing focus group meeting)

–Be sure to include the link if you watch an online group. Points will be deducted if no link is posted.

–Post your answers in the discussion text box. (You don’t have to attach a Word document – but that is an option if you would like to post it that way in the discussion board.)

–Once your answers are posted, respond to two classmates. You can add insight about group communication and/or ask a question related to group communication. Answer questions which are posted to you as best as you can. Your response needs to be thoughtful, in-depth, and meaningful, and not merely agreeing or disagreeing with classmates.

Follow this format: Please number each of the questions in your post so it is easy for us to follow your writing. Remember to answer six questions (copy the questions, paste them in your text box and respond to each with clear supporting details from your group observation). Vague, generalized responses will likely not earn a good grade for this assignment.