Post by stackingtens on Oct 15, 2017 16:18:48 GMT -5
I have a group project planned for the final third of the course I'm teaching (1000 level college course on design)... this was based on encouragement from the department for some element of group work.
I have never designed a group project and I want to ensure I think this through so that it's not just an exercise in frustration for the students. There will be class time over 4-5 class periods to work together (though I have 2-4 students that do not come to class at all, so that's a factor to consider).
I am really lost as to where to start. I am meeting with my department head next week for ideas, but figured I'd pool all the experience here as well. Any tips or resources?
Also, I have NO idea what format this project is even going to take. I'm starting from zero. So, I don't know if I should assign groups myself, let them pick groups, let them sign up based on interest (group topics will be different) or have some kind of random group generation.
Post by redmonkeystomper on Oct 15, 2017 18:07:24 GMT -5
Easiest for you would probably be assigning groups but as a student id prefer picking based on interest. Could you group the students who don't attend in a group together? I completed several group projects in my online classes without meeting face to face but I would worry if those students were assigned into groups meeting in class it could create some issues.
The projects I preferred as a student were ones that allowed everyone to be responsible for content so everyone had to research and contribute. I liked having choice in the presentation aspect and it allows for variety (videos, PowerPoint, prezi, etc.) If you have clear objectives but allow freedom the students should take more ownership.
Each student should have distinct deliverables based on their group role (these could be self-defined, or you could prescribe them), and the ability to evaluate their fellow group members’ performance at the end of the project. Depending on what you’re trying to evaluate (ability to work productively in a group vs ability to produce the content) you might weigh the former or the latter more heavily.
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