[This is a face-to-face workshop only. Concepts apply to group learning in any type of course format. A Certificate in Group Learning is available for those who complete the optional Certificate designs.
A similar Small Group Series and Certificate option is available as self-paced at https://uwmil.instructure.com/enroll/AYGPD7.
Team projects or even short break-out groups can struggle all semester and often lose focus, involve only a few of the group members, or fail to meet the higher-level learning goals due to conflict and poor use of time. This potentially highly valuable learning strategy can leave students and the instructor disappointed and frustrated.
Group learning has demonstrated gains across multiple dimensions of student learning. The essential features of effective small group learning are rarely known and implemented. Fortunately, extensive research has tested and provided us with the key strategies that will offset the all too common pitfalls of group learning.
- Design a group project or assignment that aligns with the course outcomes.
- Write specific assignment learning outcomes.
- Scaffold a group or team project across the semester that embeds equity, transparency, feedback, and individual and group accountability.