It is easy to think of sharing a project by content or section but you can also share responsibilities of the process.
The roles listed here aren't clear cut or set in stone. You might not need some, add to the list, combine them, or take turns with them like you do with the content or sections of your research. They can also be shared by multiple members or more than one per person.
|Time tracker||Makes and shares appointments, checks in on progress, and sends out reminders for when parts are due. Tools: Outlook or Google Calendar, Doodle or whenisgood polls, Group Me app.|
|Tech support||Sets up the documents and workspaces and makes sure everyone understands where to access them and how to use them. Also tidies the workspaces so there aren't too many working documents and the ones in use are the right ones. Tools: file-sharing services (Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox, GitHub)|
|Research facilitator||Finds resources and methods, shares searches/keywords/databases, organizes citations, and takes notes on selected sources. Tools: Google Scholar and other databases, librarians, citation manager (Zotero, RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote), word processor (Microsoft Word, Google Docs)|
|Writer||Writes first draft, second draft, and final draft - version control and comments in Google Drive are great for these, or make a new document when you're ready to pass it on to the next writer! Writers should be editing along the way.|
|Editor||Checks grammar/spelling and checks for proper citations and plagiarism.|
|Publisher||Sets up formatting/layout, and creates and submits final project.|
Get to know your partners and be aware of different approaches to communication, learning, and working.
List the steps to completion and establish a timeline for when pieces should be finished. Include extra time for delays and editing.
Plan your next meeting - apps like GroupMe can be helpful for arranging face-to-face meetings. If the work is distributed over a long period of time, regular meetings can keep you on track.
Discover and use appropriate work spaces.
Think about your personal goals in relation to the group goals. Sometimes your groupmates may not be as interested in a topic as you are (that's okay!), so you can establish your own goals to make sure you learn what you want.