(1) Everyone should introduce themselves and exchange relevant contact information (cell phone numbers, e-mail, etc.).
(2) Pick a group leader, facilitator, or scheduler to be the primary contact person and who will make sure everyone stays on task.
(3) Discuss how often, when, and where to have future meetings, or how/if to conduct virtual meetings (see Virtual Meeting Spaces box on left).
(4) Pick a medium that will be used to share files among the group members (see Sharing Files box on the left).
(5) Set goals and decide on some deadlines for each stage of the project, leaving plenty of time near the end to review the final product.
(6) Determine what technology or software may be needed, who has access, and if everyone has access to compatible programs.
(7) Divide the work among the group members, allowing enough time for compilation and group approval of final version of project before the assignment is due.
There are several ways of keeping your research organized, especially for large projects. Below are some suggestions: