Best Practices for Group Work

Overview

Foster rich learning experiences with awesome group work.

Group work is an aspect of online learning that best practice seems to always push; but instructors and learners are often dissatisfied with the results.  Why?  Lopsided participation, unclear expectations and poorly constructed assignments are among the common culprits.  In this workshop, you will learn how to design a great group assignment with built-in individual accountability and manageable feedback mechanisms using UF’s e-Learning system.

Register for Best Practices for Group Work

Homepage

Group training home page layout

The day before workshop, participants receive an email providing instructions on how to access the pre-workshop materials. During the workshop, facilitators will guide participants through the process creating and managing groups in the e-Learning learning management system and best practices for group work in e-Learning.

 

Getting Started

Prior to arrival, participants will register for a canvas demo course. The demo course is loaded with mock students, creating a safe practice environment separate from live UF student data!

Demo Canvas Dashboard

 

Review

Before the workshop module layout

There will be a brief review of groups before the workshop begins. You will first explore the vocabulary and critical components of successful group work. Facilitators will cover benefits of groups for students and instructors. We will also review the goal of group work, common complaints, pitfalls, and designing for success.

 

Workshop Organization

Expert facilitators will share best practices and guide hands-on practice with the steps of making groups, assigning tasks and grading group members individually and as a team.   At the end of this event, you will feel confident using the many group and collaboration tools found in e-Learning with your own students.

Workshop Organization

 

Hands-on Practice

Practice example

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities in the demo course and apply everything they have learned from the workshop. Participants will practice creating and managing groups, assignments, discussions, and they will practice grading group assignments.

 

Workshop Resources

Participants are provided with a wealth of resources to guide them and continue learning about groups once the workshop is over. Using the “Additional Resources and Guides,” participants can delve further into groups and the ways in which they can be used in their courses.

Group training additional resources layout