- Volume 3, Issue 3
- Group Work
your students rebel when they hear the words "group work"?
Looking for some strategies and solutions? The following issue looks
at how to manage and assess group work and assignments. We have included
a podcast as well as linked resources that further explore this topic.
- Group Work in Higher Education
David Jaques, FSEDA, ILTM, MPhil, Ac. Dip. Ed. has worked
in higher education for 36 years, first as an Engineering Lecturer,
then in Organisational and Interpersonal Communication, and finally
as Head of the Educational Methods Unit at Oxford Brookes University,
where he was responsible for improving the quality of teaching and learning.
Interviewers: Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost Teaching
and Learning, and Maureen Wideman, Sr. Instructional Designer
Play it / hear
it - MP3
file - 1.9 MB
by the Higher Education Academy
reviews group work, student roles, group dynamics, problems and provides
a case study that applies collaborative learning theories to the group
By Richard James, Craig McInnis and Marcia Devlin
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
This article is concerned with the problems and issues surrounding group
work, assessing group work and the design of group activities. When
effective group management processes are employed, clear assessment
guidelines developed and communicated as well as valid and fair grading
processes employed, the likelihood of positive learning outcomes is
enhanced. It is also reported that this approach significantly increases
student satisfaction with group activities.
four-page newsletter provides tips and suggestions for faculty members
in the sciences and engineering for working through problems associated
with dysfunctional student teams.
For Individual Effort in Cooperative Learning Teams
Deborah B. Kaufman and Richard M. Felder
Department of Chemical Engineering
North Carolina State University
authors provide results of their research into "autorating"
two second-year chemical engineering courses. Autorating is defined
as a peer rating system designed to account for individual performance.
They found that the system works exceptionally well as a rule, and the
benefits it provides more than compensate for the relatively infrequent
problems that may occur in its use.
in Groups: A Handbook for Face-To-Face and Online Environments (4th
by David Jaques, Gilly Salmon
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