Success with Small Group Learning Part I

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/12/2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location
Engelmann B73

Presenter

Active Learning, Connie Schroeder
connies@uwm.edu
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Active Learning entails a wide range of strategies that have been shown to yield positive results in learning, even more so for students at risk. However, knowing which aspects of your course need to be modified in order to engage students successfully in small group learning can be challenging. Casually constructed group work will not work!

Groups projects can engage students in solving interesting problems –except when students contribute unevenly or provide a piecemeal product. You will learn how to avoid these pitfalls.

However, students rarely know how to lead and manage peers inclusively in a team project and instructors often miss crucial aspects of small group learning design that would drive teams to their highest learning potential. Fortunately, learning in groups is one of the most frequently researched pedagogical strategies!

In Part I, we examine the key essentials in setting up groups: “How can you set up groups to self-manage effectively?  What kinds of assignments are best suited to working in teams? What is essential for facilitating brief but productive break out groups? How should group leadership be handled? Should every group member get the same grade? How are non-contributing group members handled? We will introduce highly tested Five Principles of Collaborative Learning and begin to apply each to construct a team project from the bottom up.

Participants will  receive the CETL booklet, Active Learning and Small Group Learning. Bring a syllabus with you to the session. Active learning classroom instructors are strongly encouraged to attend.

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