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1. Lesson 4: Group Collaboration 2. Lesson Objectives <ul><li>After completing this Lesson, participants will:…
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  • 1. Lesson 4: Group Collaboration
  • 2. Lesson Objectives <ul><li>After completing this Lesson, participants will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn how to set up successful online groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand online groups from both the faculty and student perspective. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set online group expectations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an online groups rubric. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate online groups. </li></ul></ul>
  • 3. Groups are Effective <ul><ul><li>Groups are effective in business and learning experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People with experience working in teams are a great asset to any system. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BGSU Online classes offer group collaboration experience through Blackboard and other web resources. </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Article on Group Learning <ul><ul><li>The following article is a great resource that explains the group learning process from the student perspective. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.co-i-l.com/coil/knowledge-garden/cop/learning.shtml </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Faculty Perspective We also need to know from the faculty perspective how to deal with an online group that is struggling, so we can guide that group in the right direction and develop techniques for solving online group related issues.
  • 6. Challenge of Group Work <ul><li>Although group work is an integral component of online education, you may find that it can be quite challenging for students for several reasons. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of understanding (“What are we suppose to do?”). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of leadership (“Who is in control?”). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of communication (“No one is talking”). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of participation (“Oh, someone else will do it”). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of priority (“This isn’t as important as my other assignments”). </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Setting Group Expectations <ul><ul><li>If students are aware of the expectations before going into a project, they can monitor all of the group activity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A good way to set expectations for a group is to show students the rubric for grading group members, like the one on the next slide. </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Rubric
  • 9. Group Quality Control <ul><ul><li>Review student Group Discussion and see if they ask questions amongst themselves, referencing other members' questions, or adding to questions that have already been posted. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Randomly ask students to comment on certain aspects of the project. This will help to rule out if one person did the majority of the work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Devise a rubric for each member to score their fellow group members. </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Group Self Evaluations <ul><li>Letting group members know up front that they will periodically evaluate each other will encourage each member to contribute more substantially. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you feel that each member of the group deserves the same grade? Why or why not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List specifically how each group member contributed to the project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe the quality of your contribution to the group project. </li></ul></ul>
  • 11. Closure <ul><li>In this lesson you learned about the importance of group work, and how to effectively manage and facilitate groups online. </li></ul>
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