Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement Andrea StoneInstructional Designer/Curriculum Coordinator Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City
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• Positive peer pressure
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
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?
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.
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.
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?
Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement Andrea Stone Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City email@example.com 405.945.6798 View the presentation and related links online at http://AndreaStone.pbworks.com