Making Groups Work:     Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement                 Andrea StoneInstructional D...
Agenda• Why should you use group projects?• What tools should you use?• Wisdom from group project veterans
Why do you use (or want to use)group projects in your classes?
Why use group projects?•   Reduce grading•   Get better work•   Facilitate transformative learning•   Foster connections• ...
What tools should students use?• Screen Sharing – Join.me or Google Hangout• Video Chat – FaceTime or Skype or Google  Han...
Screen Sharing
Video Chathttp://www.marismith.com/ten-reasons-googleplus-hangouts/#
Papers
Presentations
Creative
Social Media
Wisdom from group project veterans:
Assignment Directions
For this project you will meet with your group and present a solution forthe case study in chapter 7. It is due onJuly 10,...
Putting Students into Groups
Some ideas…•   Geographically (if they will meet)•   Online Only or Meet Face to Face•   Based on the time they are availa...
Get them talking!• Integrate group communication into your  online course.  – Communication tools in your LMS  – Additiona...
Track and Monitor Participation
Track and Monitor Participation• Check on the communication tools you have  provided.• Ask to be cc’d on emails.• Use proj...
Have a Group DivorcePolicy in Place…Just in Case• Under what conditions?• By unanimous or majority?• How does the group no...
Group Feedback
Group Feedback• Allow the group to determine part of the  grade• Preserve anonymity• Ask behavioral questions• Use survey ...
Visual Knowledge Check
Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for     Accountability and Engagement                Andrea Stone   Oklahoma Stat...
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When students hear about group work, they often groan. Multiply that by the challenges presented in an online learning environment, and sometimes even the professors groan! With online course quality measures that recommend student interaction and group activities and calls to create classrooms that encourage collaboration and critical thinking, faculty need to find new ways to conquer group work dilemmas. This session offers practical strategies for facilitation of group work, both online and in-class. The session will include innovative ways to select students for group membership, techniques for management and accountability, and suggestions for group assignments. Participants will be encouraged to share their own tips and strategies for facilitating successful group assignments.

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  • Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement - Delivered to the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges 2012 Conference

    1. 1. Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement Andrea StoneInstructional Designer/Curriculum Coordinator Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City
    2. 2. Agenda• Why should you use group projects?• What tools should you use?• Wisdom from group project veterans
    3. 3. Why do you use (or want to use)group projects in your classes?
    4. 4. Why use group projects?• Reduce grading• Get better work• Facilitate transformative learning• Foster connections• Positive peer pressure
    5. 5. What tools should students use?• Screen Sharing – Join.me or Google Hangout• Video Chat – FaceTime or Skype or Google Hangout• Papers – Wikis or Google Docs• Presentations – Google Presentations• Creative – MixBook for Educators• Social Media – Facebook or Twitter
    6. 6. Screen Sharing
    7. 7. Video Chathttp://www.marismith.com/ten-reasons-googleplus-hangouts/#
    8. 8. Papers
    9. 9. Presentations
    10. 10. Creative
    11. 11. Social Media
    12. 12. Wisdom from group project veterans:
    13. 13. Assignment Directions
    14. 14. For this project you will meet with your group and present a solution forthe case study in chapter 7. It is due onJuly 10, 2012. Work with your group to complete the project.
    15. 15. Putting Students into Groups
    16. 16. Some ideas…• Geographically (if they will meet)• Online Only or Meet Face to Face• Based on the time they are available to meet• Work style (last minute vs. work ahead)• Topic based• Major based• MBTI Type based (same or complimentary?)• Other ideas?
    17. 17. Get them talking!• Integrate group communication into your online course. – Communication tools in your LMS – Additional methods described earlier• Remind them to talk.• Provide early, low-credit opportunities to practice collaboration.
    18. 18. Track and Monitor Participation
    19. 19. Track and Monitor Participation• Check on the communication tools you have provided.• Ask to be cc’d on emails.• Use project development formats with tracking like Google Docs, Google Presentations, and Wiki’s with versioning.• Stagger deadlines to boost ongoing participation and interaction.
    20. 20. Have a Group DivorcePolicy in Place…Just in Case• Under what conditions?• By unanimous or majority?• How does the group notify the kickee and the instructor?• How are grades earned by the group and the individual?• Are there penalties for being kicked out?• Is there a deadline?
    21. 21. Group Feedback
    22. 22. Group Feedback• Allow the group to determine part of the grade• Preserve anonymity• Ask behavioral questions• Use survey tool. Example at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VMZLPBJ.
    23. 23. Visual Knowledge Check
    24. 24. Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement Andrea Stone Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City awstone@osuokc.edu 405.945.6798 View the presentation and related links online at http://AndreaStone.pbworks.com

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