Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Successful Group Projects

Have your students resisted participating in the group projects you assign? Have you struggled to make student groups work? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

Group work is a form of collaborative learning. In this approach, students manage course assignments in a systematic and group-directed manner. While collaborative learning provides many benefits to learners, managing group projects can be challenging for both faculty and students. In this session, you will learn key principles of effective group work and engage in a small group case study exercise to see firsthand how these strategies can improve group process.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Summarize faculty and student assumptions about group work,
  • Identify what research tells us about key benefits and challenges of group work, and
  • Describe key concepts and strategies to guide how you assign and administer group work

  • 9/12/2013

    Thursday, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Delphi Center, Room 244
    Ekstrom Library

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Presenter Bios:

Dr. Marie Kendall Brown is assistant director for teaching and learning at the Delphi Center. She joined UofL in 2009. She received her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan. In her current role, she designs and administers programs, services, and events to support faculty professional development with respect to teaching. Her research interests include faculty learning and development, teaching and learning topics in STEM, strategic partnering with academic units, and college student development from a constructive-developmental perspective.

Dr. Michelle Rodems is program manager for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Michelle acts as a liaison between the graduate student professional development efforts of SIGS and the faculty professional development efforts of the Delphi Center. Michelle's research and professional interests include teaching and learning in higher education, educational technology and social media, and collaboration between faculty, student affairs, and academic affairs.

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