After hearing the two lectures that exposed the underbelly of Teamwork, I realized that the same things listed related to the success or failure of an online degree as pertaining to the individual. As Ken Haycock pointed out, one of the important things to fine tune while working on a team is clarity in goals. This is important to the SLIS student as well because it is easier to fall off track or get distracted by life if there are not clear goals that the the individual wants to accomplish. This could be anywhere to program direction or grade point average. Assessing individual skills is important because then the student is not taking to much on in areas that he or she may not be so confident on. They can approach the goals set more realistically this way. The readiness assessment is a great way to judge competency in the online environment.
I really agreed with Inid Irwin when she stated that Teamwork is a combination of attitude and planning. The attitude of the student (whether they are willing to participate, etc) is integral to their success as well as the success of the team. If the online student approaches this learning environment with reluctance and self doubt it will greatly effect their performance in grasping the material and applying it to their professional lives in the future. Planning is another area that is important to the success of a student in the online degree. Since there is minimal face time with classmates and teachers, and the material does not occur in a particular time frame, mostly, the student has to be great at time managing and planning out times to study and get assignments done well, while still maintaining a relaxed home environment with many distractions.