5 Simple Tips for Improving Group Projects
By Rachael Brothers
In this article, Dr. Li-Shih Huang Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in BC, Canada discusses the challenges that surround group work. Specifically, when students do not work together equally within the group. This imbalance in the group workload can lead to aggravation and resistance to the project from students, and a poor outcome overall.
To combat this challenge, Huang presents five tips that focus on a different aspect of group work to both improve group dynamics and produce positive results.
1) Instruct students to work in phases.
2) Allow some aspects within the project for students to insert their own creativity.
3) Include a reflection writing component.
4) Designate time in class, before the projects begins for groups to get to know each other and establish group dynamics.
5) Encourage students to be creative problem solvers.
In any group situation, problems may still arise that need instructor intervention and mediation. The goal with these tips is to encourage strong group dynamics and to create a mutually beneficial group learning environment that will produce positive results.
To learn more, please go to the article "Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try" in the September 29th, 2014 edition of Faculty Focus
Huang, PhD, L. (2014, September 29). Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try. Retrieved October 2, 2014, from www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/students-riding-coattails-group-work-five-simple-ideas-try/