Ten essential strategies for setting up groups for successful interaction and meaningful learning that the online instructor or instructional designer might find helpful.
Full Text: Strategies for effective group work in the Online Class | online learning insights.
Group work is traditionally fraught with challenges. Will students do their fair share? Will they behave appropriately? Will learning be effective and efficient enough to meet the achievement challenge?
Research indicates that cooperative learning increases achievement. (Marzano, Robert. Classroom Instruction That Works. Prentice Hall, 2004. p. 87)
Here are a dozen things to consider when setting up and implementing independent and small-group activities in order to foster that result:
Full Text: Susan Fitzell: A Dozen Surefire Tips To Maximize Flexible Grouping and Small Group Learning – Teachers.Net Gazette.
I thought it would be interesting to add an addendum to my three-part series on group work in online environments by including a selection of comments from students from the very same courses I discussed in the previous posts on group work. The series focused on the why, what and how of implementing and executing group strategies, yet I think it may be helpful for readers to consider student feedback, and appreciate the group process from student perspective.
via Good, Bad and Ugly: Student comments on group work in e-learning | online learning insights.