Let Me Help You With Groups

As an ID or instructor, it is great to leverage the power of group work. But then how to justify that choice the group or an evaluator? Here are some resources to help you.

Reasons for groups.

Research has shown that group work can have deep learning results when done correctly. There are 5 areas that have been shown to be effective. Here is a list of these:

  1. Pedagogical

-Higher knowledge retention

-Active learning engages learners

  1. More Personal

-Increases confidence

-Increases cognition

  1. Skills

-Enhances communication, leadership and problem solving

-Students safe to test ideas in controlled practice

  1. Experience

-Student can test self in real world scenarios

-Authentic learning

  1. Practical

-Lessons instructor load

-Assignment has depth of learning

How to use this list? Suppose you announce to the learners that they will be doing a group project, and you hear a few groans. This could be expected, because not all group work goes smoothly. Quite the groans by saying, “The reason we are doing this is so you can show your abilities with an authentic scenario in this safe environment” (reasons 4).

Two tools.

Here are a couple of tools to help you with the process of designing group work. This chart can help you with the process of deciding group formation. As it shows, there are 4 basic steps:


Step 1, 2 and 3 are fairly straight forward, just choose one of each. Step 4 is more complex and takes deeper thought and planning.

For those of you who prefer to think things out on paper, this form can help: http://goo.gl/forms/SFCToJF0EY. This form takes you through the decision steps of the process and gives you space to explain your rationale.

I hope these tools will help you to form and justify your successful learning groups!

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