Essay about Desert Survival

2051 Words Apr 13th, 2009 9 Pages
[pic] ORIENTATION TO THE DESERT SURVIVAL SITUATION

The following is a list of goals the online Desert Survival Situation has been designed to address:

[pic] To demonstrate that teams are able to produce decisions superior to individual decisions. The phrase "two heads are better than one" sums up synergistic decision making—the concept that groups of people working together make better decisions than individuals working alone. The Desert Survival Situation enables participants to experience this phenomenon first hand.

[pic] To teach the interpersonal and rational skills involved in synergistic problem solving. Synergistic problem-solving is function of: 1) Working with others cooperatively; and 2) Using the knowledge and expertise
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[pic] The list should contain the exact team identifier you have been provided (e.g., Team Red, Blue, Team 1, 2, etc.) Select that team! Names and Passwords can only include letters and numbers and cannot contain spaces. I suggest that you use your email account since that is the only way you can be sure that nobody else has used that name before. Please remember your name and password and ONLY register ONCE!
[pic] Carefully read the background information by clicking on the "Sonora Desert Facts" button before attempting to solve the problem. • You will always access the simulation using your own code and password by clicking on the “Click here” link under the "Already activated” section of the simulation home page. • Now that you are signed in, read all the information available in "The Situation" and "Decision Making." With the Real Video Player, you can view the digitized video that accompanies the text.
[pic]Follow the instructions explained in the "Personal Rank" module and rank order the items from "1" to "15," according to their importance to your survival. Try to accomplish this on the 1st day of the course week. NOTE: do not share your personal ranking with your team in advance of the actual team discussion of the items. Also, you cannot change your personal ranking after you begin team discussions. Do not discuss

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