Two Group Development Patterns of Virtual Learning Teams: Linear Progression and Adaptive Progression
Quarterly Review of Distance Education Volume 7, Number 3, ISSN 1528-3518
This study examined member behaviors, distribution of performed behaviors, and development-shaping forces in order to identify group development patterns of virtual learning teams. Participants of this study were 7 newly formed virtual learning teams working on a final group project in a 12-week online graduate-level course. Examining the group processes of 7 virtual learning teams and the distribution of observed behaviors from each team found 2 emerged group development patterns, "linear progression" and "adaptive progression." Linear progression teams followed the linear sequence of orientation, scheduling, exploration, work and decision, progress check and evaluation, refinement and formatting, and termination. Adaptive progression teams found the evaluation of work progress or the outcome of group work was not satisfactory and made an adaptation by revisiting 1 or more of the previous phases based on needs identified to complete the project. (Contains 5 figures and 4 tables.)
Yoon, S.W. (2006). Two Group Development Patterns of Virtual Learning Teams: Linear Progression and Adaptive Progression. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 7(3), 297-312.