Students can learn through visuals, audio, touch, or by ‘doing’ and being hands on. You can go deeper into that and say that some learn though spatial, logical, musical intelligence. Finally you can say that some students are interpersonal learners and others are intrapersonal. It is safe to say that in any given classroom, there is a variety of different learners. When having to group students together for team activities or work, the chemistry between the learners is very important. However, often the students are not aware of what type of learner they are and the teacher is usually never aware of what types of learners are in the classroom. This can lead to some naturally strong groups and of course, some naturally weak ones as well.
I do not feel that any particular styles clashes with team activities, but instead it is the mixture of styles that clash with each other. Someone who needs to learn by being hands-on may have a difficult time being grouped with someone who is a logical verbal learner. However, that same hands-on learner would normally work great with a logical learner. So many factors have to be taken into consideration that it is nearly impossible to always match a great/strong group. This is actually OK because in the ‘real world’ you often cannot choose your coworkers, colleagues or bosses. Learning to adapt is a skill on its own!
Online collaborative activities differ from traditional collaborative activities because they are being done in two different environments. Some activities will only work in one type of environment. This can be said about any sort of collaborative activity. Some work great with children, some with adults, some with males and some with females. That is not to say that collaboration activities do not work, it just means that some work better in specific environments. I believe that as a whole, collaborative activities are beneficial no matter if they are online or not.