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Prior research has highlighted that whilst engaging in groupwork can have many benefits, in practice it can also present a range of challenges. We know that our diverse student body includes those that commute to university, juggle work and have caring responsibilities; they may have a learning contract; or as international students are listening, learning, and speaking in a second language. All of these can impact on the logistics and success of in-person group meetings, a crucial component of groupwork. This poster outlines the outcomes of a qualitative study with recent graduates and final year students and their personal recommendations to make groupwork more inclusive, supportive and valued. The research will share from the student’s perspective how social media and digital technology can support group cohesion, trust, and productivity; along with suggestions that could help all students better prepare for a multimodal approach to groupwork.

Prior research has highlighted that whilst engaging in groupwork can have many benefits, in practice it can also present a range of challenges. We know that our diverse student body includes those that commute to university, juggle work and have caring responsibilities; they may have a learning contract; or as international students are listening, learning, and speaking in a second language. All of these can impact on the logistics and success of in-person group meetings, a crucial component of groupwork. This poster outlines the outcomes of a qualitative study with recent graduates and final year students and their personal recommendations to make groupwork more inclusive, supportive and valued. The research will share from the student’s perspective how social media and digital technology can support group cohesion, trust, and productivity; along with suggestions that could help all students better prepare for a multimodal approach to groupwork.

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Recommendations from the ground - Student led use of social media to foster inclusive groupwork.pptx

  1. 1. Build friendships Strengthen social skills Social integration and wellbeing Support motivation Brainstorm ideas Peer learning Shared workload Increased productivity Develop workplace skills Recommendations from the ground: Student led use of social media to foster inclusive groupwork group cohesion trust engagement productivity Sue Beckingham @suebecks s.beckingham@shu.ac.uk UK and Ireland HEIR Network 2022 Annual Conference 1. Benefits of groupwork 2. Barriers to groupwork Social loafing and free riders Group think Inadequate communication Group size Group dynamics Effective use of social media supported group cohesion, built trust and increased productivity Scheduling meetings Mix of in- person and online meetings Chat space Ideation Open and collaborative workspace Responding to feedback on work Reviewing work 3. Factors inhibiting successful groupwork Included low motivation, poor attendance, non contribution, taking over, disorganised, unbalanced skills set, siloed working. LITERATURE STUDENT AND RECENT GRADUATE INTERVIEWS 4. Social media enablers 5. Social media used 6. Key life skills developed Co-operation, communication, empathy, time management and organisational skills Lack of opportunity to get to know each other before groupwork introduced. Randomly assigned to groups. ! + a diverse student body + + caring responsibilities, commuter students, part-time work + Choice to work synchronously or asynchronously Use of emoticons Shared workspace

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