Virginia Commonwealth University


Title: 06: Motivating and Supporting Students in Collaborative Work (Preparing to Teach @ VCU)

Date/Time: 1/8/2013  1:00pm - 2:25pm

Presenter: Phillip Edwards

Registration: 10 seats available (Max. Class Size = 24)
(Class is archived)

Building: Harris Hall   5182

Cost: $0  

Sponsor: Online@VCU

Audience: VCU Faculty and Staff Only

Category: Teaching/Learning

Description: Instructors may have students work in small groups during class sessions or throughout the semester in order to help students better engage with course materials, complete projects for which the required work exceeds any individual student`s capabilities, provide opportunities for students to develop skills as collaborators, or to save time during the assessment of student work. Student reluctance to work in groups with their peers can be the result of misconceptions about group work as something other than a means to reach specific learning outcomes. Participants in this workshop will be able to leave with a preliminary plan for how their students can expect to work together throughout the semester, strategies for identifying and addressing typical challenges related to periodic or sustained periods of group work, and alternative forms of assessment (e.g., peer review, reflective writing, learning contracts) targeted at the processes and products emerging from students` collective work.

Contact: Phillip Edwards