Group work can take many forms, from short discussions to term-long projects. In our Active Learning Canvas site, we have resources on many activities that could be group based, such as Case Study Approach, Creating a Shared Knowledge Base, Peer Instruction, and of course Team-Based Learning.
- Groups can solve more complex tasks than an individual
- Model the practice of what is actually happening in your professional field
- Encourage team-building skill development
Who are your partners?
- Who needs to be involved? What will they do?
- How much time do you have to plan?
- Is there training needed?
- When will you debrief & reflect?
What do you want to assess and evaluate?
- Consider the difference(s) between assessment and evaluation.
- What are valid types of assessments and evaluations for your task (see question 1)?
- Should students be assessed as individuals or as a collective? Consider how UDL contributes to assessment tools.
How will the groups get formed?
- How well do you know the students?
- What are the important roles? (What is the importance of pushing students outside of comfort zone roles?)
- What makes sense for your students?
- Consider how UDL can enhance the student groups.
- How long will this group be together?
|1 Class||informal, formed quickly, random membership||
|~1 Week||meet in-class and outside of class, need to pay attention to group compositions||
|Entire Term||form a community of learners, group compositions chosen carefully||
Identify time on task and content.
- How will you facilitate the experience?
- Consider students’ workload and learning objectives/outcomes.
- Clearly state the expectations and allow for student discovery and inquiry based learning
- Are there opportunities to scaffold the tasks?
What technology (if any) should we use?
- If students are using their own technology, how do they get help? “We can’t fix the internet for you!”
- Plan time to consider/learn optimal technologies for group/individual task(s)
- Will students submit digital documentation or project/experience? (see question 3)
- What tools will help to accomplish the tasks? Add your recommendations!
- Canvas Groups Feature (Links to an external site.): Gives students a space to share files & discussions. They can also submit Group Assignments when you utilize this feature.
- CATME Team Maker (Links to an external site.): Sends a survey to your students and places them in teams based on the results.
- DartBox (Links to an external site.) - cloud document storage managed by Dartmouth
"My Students Don't Like Group Work" by Maryellen Weimer, PhD (aka "The Teaching Professor)
Resources for Forming Groups:
Resources for Facilitating Groups & Training on Group dynamics:
Resources for Assessing Groups: