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1 Making Groupwork Work: University of Bradford University of Leeds Supporting student groupwork through multimedia and web learnhigher.ac.uk/groupwork/ Presented by Peter Hartley & Carol Elston

2 The problem of groups: why worry? Student groups in UK HE – the current context: o increasing use of group projects (alongside decreasing staff support) o groups now used in all subject areas o pressures to develop ‘key skills’/’soft skills’ and employability o pressures to ‘reflect’

3 Key features of the resource o Flexible for both staff and students o Encourage students to inquire into group process o Must not offer ‘one best way’ o Must have potential for further expansion and development

4 Key design points o Web delivery o Structured around ‘episodes’ o ‘Believable’ video clips o Different perspectives for analysis/discussion o Flexibility for staff and students o Ability to add further links/resources

5 Group work Timeline: Example Episodes The first meeting How do we get started? Do we need a leader? Rob isn’t committed How do we behave on presentation day?

6 Structure of the final product Overview The ‘descriptive’ screen o Video of the group in action o Background info and discussion points The ‘analysis’ screen o Alternative or additional video o Analysis of interaction o Hints and tips o Links to further resources

7 The descriptive screen Discussion points Video of the group in action Background info

8 The analysis screen Analysis of interaction Alternative or additional video Links to further resoures Hints and tips

9 Success and glory! 2 awards at ALT Annual Conference o JORUM Learning and Teaching Competition. o ALT/Epigeum Use of Video. And o Effective practice award from the Sloan-C, Moodle and Merlot Consortium, USA Chapter in the ‘LearnHigher’ book. Success in Groupwork by Peter Hartley and Mark Dawson

10 Success and glory!

11 Examples of use from Bradford (modules at Level 1) 1. Effective Groupwork Workshops – LDU. sessions open to all students (using clips). 2. Communication in an Information Age. used Screen 1 first week, then Screen 2 the following week, then reflection. 3. Psychology at Level 1. introduced problems of group work leading to group project supported by e- portfolio reflection.

12 Ongoing activity For news of continuing development: o Peter Hartley & Mark Dawson o Carol Elston & Julia Braham Looking at mobile devices. Happy to discuss collaboration for future development.


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