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Online group projects also benefit the individual immensely by exposing them to unique perspectives and teaching them to rely on others to achieve a common goal. The benefits of knowing how to work in small groups can also extend beyond higher education and well into the working environment. After all, the world beyond graduation is filled with opportunities to work with others, including co-workers, teammates and clients.

Participating in online group work in an educational setting can be an effective way for students to prepare for those situations. Furthermore, a growing body of research suggests group work may be far more beneficial than educators and students realized previously.

A recent study conducted by the Institute of Education at London University involving 4, students between ages 5 and 14 found that children performed and behaved well while working in small groups. In fact, after observing the students, researchers noticed that they were not only accomplishing the goals at hand, but focusing intently and participating in greater amounts of thoughtful discussion with their group partners.

These findings led researchers to suggest teachers should focus more on group work and transition into a supervisory role. An article from the University of Arkansas, "Collaborative Learning: Group Work and Study Teams," also backs up the claim that student benefit from group work by asserting that those who work in small groups learn more of what is taught and retain it longer when compared to those who learn in a teacher-led environment.

According to the University of Arkansas piece, , students who work in groups also appear to be more satisfied with their classes while simultaneously gaining valuable skills. Additional research from Stanford University suggests that the benefits of group work may also include, "increased participation by students in all components of the course, better understanding and retention of material, mastery of skills essential to success in the course or in a career, and increased enthusiasm for self-directed learning -- the kind of enthusiasm that can spur students on to independent research or honors projects.

In other words, properly constructed group work might be enough to encourage students to pursue an advanced degree or achieve more than they might have otherwise. This group is intended for project owners who assign tasks to resources. Portfolio Managers Users have assorted project-creation and team-building permissions. This group is intended for high-level managers of groups of projects.

Resource Managers Users have most global and category-level resource permissions. This group is intended for users who manage and assign resources and edit resource data.

Team Leads Users have limited permissions around task creation and status reports. This group is intended for persons in a lead capacity that do not have regular assignments on a project. Team Members Users have general permissions for using Project Online, but limited project-level permissions. This group is intended to give everyone basic access to Project Online.

These SharePoint groups have the same global and category permissions that are assigned to them in Project Permission Mode. In SharePoint Permission Mode, you cannot create additional custom groups, categories, Resource Breakdown Structure RBS nodes, or edit the default permissions assigned to any of these objects.

There are two methods of adding users to the SharePoint groups: You can use one or both of these methods for each group. When you add individual users to one of the SharePoint groups, that user is synchronized to Project Online automatically.

User synchronization runs every ten minutes.

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Group work for class projects can sometimes be difficult, especially for online students. Follow these useful tips to help guide your online group project! For a better experience, click the icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is . Powerful Project Portfolio Management in the Cloud. As an integral part of Office , the cloud-based Microsoft Office solution, Project Online, provides almost all project and portfolio management functions via your browser.

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Group projects might seem more daunting in an online format, but instructors say they've found ways to foster collaboration and avoid logistical roadblocks. This group is intended to give everyone basic access to Project Online. These SharePoint groups have the same global and category permissions that are assigned to them in Project Permission Mode. In SharePoint Permission Mode, you cannot create additional custom groups, categories, Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS) nodes, or .