Group Work that Works

When: Thursday, Feb 6, 2020, 12:30PM - 2:00PM
Nanaimo Campus

B305, R509

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Group Work that Works

Whether you use informal discussion groups, project groups, permanent groups, or just think-pair-share during a lecture, you may find this session relevant.

To group or not to group. Collaborative and cooperative learning activities have great promise for helping students learn, but it’s not 100% guaranteed they will be successful. Sometimes students thrive in a collaborative environment; and sometimes they crash and burn.

What accounts for this diversity of outcomes? Is is just luck of the draw? Is it cultural? Or is it something else?

There are known forces of potential friction and alienation at work, and the choices we make as teachers can matter a lot. Some approaches to “group work” can actively mitigate those forces, while other approaches can exacerbate their impact.

In this session we’ll revisit some of the most common causes of productive or unproductive student collaboration, and do a brief “risk assessment” of various “group work” strategies. We’ll also work with some specific practices that allow instructors to reduce those risks, so that our classroom work culture aligns with our students’ natural inclination to learn together.

Join us for a practical, interactive session that will leave you with strategies you can use tomorrow!

Lunch will be provided.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Location: Nanaimo Campus Library B305, R509


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