Love them or hate them, group projects are a staple of college coursework. New research identifies a key aspect of successful teams.
Online group work can be the best of times or the worst of times. A little planning and insight go a long way. Solid article with good links to current research.
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Students don’t always like working in groups. Ann Taylor, an associate professor of chemistry at Wabash College, had a class that was particularly vocal in their opposition. She asked for their top 10 reasons why students don’t want to work in groups and they offered this list (which I’ve edited slightly)
When group work is successful you feel great. When it crashes you feel bad. These tips will help you design online group experiences that succeed.
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Check out the favorite tips and tricks for implementing successful group projects in k-12, university and work settings.
Groups are great… when they work. Improve your understanding of how to make groups work by reading the useful resources in this UW-Stout newsletter.
“Collaboration helps to develop many of the key skills that will be required of students for their future success. Students can develop many of these so-called “soft skills,” or Essential Employability Skills, by engaging in group work and other forms of collaboration (Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2005).”
Common sense suggestions and a strong bibliography make this article useful for anyone struggling with how to make group work… work!
“As the digital economy transforms the workplace, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills become more important. This World Economic Forum report emphasizes the importance of skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving and says that these will become ever more important as more traditional roles are mechanized.”
Social and Emotional Learning is at the heart of building a community of practice in an online environment.