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.
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 we continue our ongoing series focused on the flipped classroom in higher education, it’s time to tackle another frequently asked question: “How can I flip a large class?”
These strategies work in a large lecture hall or in a traditional small classroom. Take a look!
Here’s a strategy to make it easier for you to form effective groups for a project or activity and differentiate the work that students do within their groups:
Group work? Collaboration? JigSaw? Cooperative? All pips from the same orange. Strategies (i.e…. just a bit of thinking and planning up front) can change a teachers attitude about learning together.