Successful Teams and Small Group Projects Part I

Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/14/2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location
Engelmann B73

Presenter

Connie Schroeder
connies@uwm.edu

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Are group projects worth it? We know what students hate about group work and what can derail groups from being successful. We also know that most fields need students to be able to collaborate, thinking within broader perspectives and effectively solve problems. Can these obstacles be removed? Find out which aspects of your course need to be modified in order for students to achieve the intended learning while engaging with team members. Group learning can yield gains in student learning –except when it fails or some students barely contribute.

Part I will orient attendees to the core basics of setting up groups and introduce the Five Principles of Collaboration used extensively worldwide. Students may not know how to lead and manage peers in a group context and instructors often miss crucial aspects of group design and approach this hefty process with casual afterthought.

In Part II we will explore, “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 and how do you design in class group work? How should group projects and members be evaluated?” You will examine the Principles 2-5, culminating in critiquing sample group assignment using the five principles learned.

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