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1 Teaching Group Work Dr. Molly Reynolds Dr. Jami Warren Presentation U!

2 Today’s goals Evaluate benefits and drawbacks of groupwork Research on groupwork Identify practical steps to implementing groupwork in the classroom Provide additional resources for groupwork

3 1 minute…. - What do students enjoy about working in groups? - What do they hate about working in groups? 1 minute…. - What do you enjoy about assigning group projects? - What do you hate about assigning group projects?

4 Working in small groups… Increases recall and cognitive learning (Blankenstein, Dolmans, Vleuten, & Schmidt, 2011) Improves overall classroom climate (Ediger, 2009) Appeals to diverse learning styles (Kayes, Kayes, & Kolb, 2005) Emulates work environment (Williams, Beard, and Rymer, 1991) Employers desire group work skills (NACE, 2013) most-want-in-20-something-employees/ most-want-in-20-something-employees/

5 Healthy groups… Have ethical goals Are interdependent Achieve cohesiveness Utilize productive norms Are accountable Reach synergy

6 Using groups: Getting them started Strategically consider the group composition Force them to develop group dynamics and norms Provide in-class time

7 Using groups: Your Role (Cont’d) Provide a rationale and goal(s) Serve as a facilitator Provide instruction

8 Using groups: Hold students accountable Use group contracts Allow groups to “self govern,” choose roles, etc.

9 Using groups: Hold students accountable Include multiple feedback points Grade product and process Peer Review Process Group Summation Papers

10 Group Problems will still arise

11 Short-Term Groups Clear instructions (with outcomes) Assign points for the activity Short “exit survey” type of evaluation

12 Blackboard Tools for Groups! Setting up groups in Blackboard Group Grading Function Group Function

13 Questions! Thank you!


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