Getting involved in challenges is a brilliant way to get some points and achievements under your belt on IGGY. They’re quite simple to get going with too - just a few quick steps to enter a challenge and then all you’ll need is a drop of creative brilliance to complete it.
So how do you get started? Here’s a simple step by step list to help you get involved.
- Firstly, it’s worth saying that there are two types of challenges: group challenges, and individual challenges.
- For a group challenge, you’ll be asked to either join or form a group after you join the challenge whilst for individual challenges, you’ll skip this step out and go straight into your group page.
- Your group page is a place for you to take notes, form ideas and develop your responses to challenges. To get started, select the pink ‘Add Workspace Page” button.
- A Workspace is a page that you and your group can all edit. You can use it to keep notes and upload pictures and media while you prepare your response to the challenge.
- You can create more than one Workspace for the challenges you’re participating in so don’t be afraid to spread your notes around!
- Your final entry will be on a Workspace page, so when you’re ready, you can collate all of your findings and prepare them as a Workspace page.
- Your final entry into the challenge must be submitted through your group area by clicking the “Submit Answer” and selecting your final workspace page from the drop down menu.
And there you have it! Each challenge will be different in the way you need to approach it. For example, for a mathematical challenge, you might use the Workspace as a way of keeping your working safe, whilst for a video challenge, you might use the Workspace to upload storyboards and plan the shots that you want each of the group members to go out and get.
Some tips for group work:
- IGGY Challenge groups can be a great way to get involved with other members from around the world. Don’t be afraid to branch out and ask to join someone elses group.
- Our members are worldwide, so you might want to deliberately form a group of people from different countries so that you can include a variety of different viewpoints in your report.
- If you see someone you’d really like to work with, you can always message them to ask if they’d be interested in joining you.
- With longer term tasks, it can be tricky keeping a group focused. In order to maintain a sense of direction, try to establish a few basic things:
- Clear goals - what are you aiming to accomplish?
- Break the task into smaller chunks.
- Allocate responsibilities fairly and evenly - make sure everyone knows what they need to produce.
- Create a timeline to help you stick to your schedule.
- Remember to listen to everyone in the group - the most loudly voiced ideas are not always the best ones.
If you’re interested in a more extensive breakdown of the ways people can improve academic group work, take a look at this Harvard guide to working in groups. It’s a really interesting breakdown of how and why groups function.