In spite of having good ideas for research topics, some educators may not be able to bring their concepts to fruition because of poor collaborative writing synergy between the various contributors. Whether we choose to advertise it or not, many educators have stories of collaborative writing dysfunction, which in turn may lead to failed projects. Based on the experience of an education preparation program (EPP) faculty member, it was determined that the top collaborative writing failures were:
• Problems scheduling regular times to brainstorm ideas and develop narrative
• Issues among contributors in determining who does what and when
• Challenges from contributors fully understanding their action items and deliverables
• Difficulties with contributors meeting deadlines
• Struggles with contributors feeling isolated and overwhelmed and thus losing writing momentum
Based on real life examples, this session will provide strategies educators can use so that collaborative writers can avoid disorganized and stalled projects. Lessons learned will be shared in order to identify productive ways that leaders of collaborative writing projects can support their contributors’ efforts and keep them motivated so that collaborative writing success is achieved.
Roddran Grimes, Georgia College & State University, United States