I had a few group projects when I got my B.S. in speech pathology. They weren't too bad for the most part, especially since I started to work with a friend of mine who is a lot like me, thinks like me, etc. Somehow we got this girl who we never saw in class, but from what we hear, she never missed a party!
We got really frustrated and took our concerns to our teacher, who was very awesome. We told her that she had called us once, but never got together with us to work on the project. This teacher had also noticed that she wasn't attending other classes. She told us to do our best and she's take into consideration our situation when grading. The night before the presentation, who should call but our MIA group member? She asked us what she had to present for the group project. That really made me mad. :angryfire
Little did she know that the teacher was aware of her non-attendance and partying. She did not pass the class, but my friend and I got an "A".
I agree, that group projects should be done away with...