“I Hate Group Work!” Best Practices for Forming Groups and Setting Teams Up for Success

Active Learning · Motivating Student Learning

Research has shown that collaborative learning opportunities promote critical thinking and deepen knowledge through opportunities to discuss multiple perspectives. Group work that is well-structured, managed, and evaluated can also help students develop valuable teamwork skills and increase their engagement with course content. In this session, faculty participants from the Collaborative Learning Faculty Learning Community will share best practices for forming and preparing groups, and strategies for supporting group success.

Want to learn more about group work best practices?

Sign up for the October 27 session, “I Hate Group Work!” Best Practices for Addressing Group Challenges and Conflict”

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for collaborative learning in your course;
  • Consider the benefits and pitfalls of various strategies to form or structure groups; and
  • Explore strategies to provide clear expectations and set the tone to support group success.

Session Date

  • 9/8/2016

    Thursday, 12–1 p.m.
    Delphi Lab
    Ekstrom Library Room 244

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Presenter Bios

Delaina Amos, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the department of Chemical Engineering at the Speed School of Engineering. She is an experienced research scientist and leader with ten plus years of accomplishments in the areas of inks, materials, formulation, materials incorporation, and product development. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and has worked in a Fortune 500 company in R&D; and in several direct lines of business.

Mara Broering, Ph.D., has been an instructor with the University of Louisville since August 2013 and teaches for the Engineering Fundamentals department at The Speed School for Engineering. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville in 2013.

Jerry Willing, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the department of Chemical Engineering at the Speed School of Engineering. Dr. Willing’s expertise lies in the development of complex fluid systems for practical applications and characterization of their stability. He is the first person to directly measure the interaction forces in complex fluids with a bimodal particle size distribution using the Atomic Force Microscope.

Roman V. Yampolskiy, Ph.D., is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. During his tenure at UofL, Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as: Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career in Education award. Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity.

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