Group Work: Video Reflections
Students will find a way to do group work, even online across time zones. They will be designing their own digital creations, organising via email, Skype, and similar applications, screen sharing and sharing films.
Assessments should be designed as much as possible so that they can align with what all the students are doing in their different contexts.
Group work raises the fears of letting the group down, and taking a lot of time. It’s important to set expectations of what is due and when.
If new technology is required, it’s very important to provide good guidance and not assume that all the students will have the required technical skills.
From the course notes:
Group work is something that many students worry about, don’t always enjoy or see the relevance of. However, group working is part of most types of employment, academic work included. Working cooperatively with people to create shared resources and meet deadlines is a life skill that is relevant for all professions and walks of life. When delivering online learning at scale, grouping students is both a practical and pragmatic way to ensure effective community and tutor support is being across the whole cohort.
Group working in online learning does bring some additional issues, particularly around multiple time zones and locations, group roles and responsibilities, and more. However, these aren’t insurmountable. Digital technologies make it much easier for learners to access collaborative spaces where group work can be constructed and shared. There are also an ever growing range of communication channels that learners can use to help them to informally keep in touch during any group working activity. Not everything needs to happen in the dedicated online platform for the course.
Five Basic Elements of Effective Teams
Useful links for getting to grips with group work
- Learning to Learn Online: Understand the principles of effective teamwork
- Student group work agreement
- How to facilitate online group work
- Group working using co-operative learning
- Guidance for students writing group reports
- Guidance for students to reflect on group work
- Guidance on assessing group work