Making Group Work Work

Bridget Swanson, CTL Graduate Fellow, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Friday, October 25 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: The adage “two heads are better than one” speaks to the potential groups have to be more motivated, creative, and productive than an individual on his/her own. Indeed, in the realm of the classroom, group work can directly contribute to increased student learning and retention of material as well as overall college success. Nevertheless, the effective development and facilitation of group work activities requires thoughtful preparation and execution on the part of the TA/Instructor. In this workshop, we will discuss how to design, supervise, debrief, and assess group work in a manner that engages students and promotes learning. Specifically, we will address:

· the challenges group work can pose and ways to prevent these potential pitfalls

· how to form effective groups and foster collaboration

· how to structure activities to lead to intended learning outcome(s)

· how to debrief group work and allow for student input through self-evaluation

We will also have to time cover any specific questions or concerns that participants have.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for participants in TA Training.