I haven’t been at the ICER Conference but a lot of my friends are there and between their tweets and other tweets using the #icer2015 hash tag I almost feel like I’m there. In any case a lot of interesting things have come through the twitter stream including this image.
Group projects are not always this bad. Well I hope they are not but they do have a bad rap for sure. Figuring out how to solve this problem is our job as teachers.
Part of it is going to be regular check ins with groups. Also making sure that our students have worked out an equitable sharing of work and that team members are accountable for their deadlines. We have to make sure that groups work the way they are supposed to work. We can’t be passive and observe only the end results.
I do ask students in a group to evaluate their peers but I find that often they will cover for each other. That helps no one. I’m always looking for more ways to make group projects work better. I think the things we want group projects to teach are important soft skills that students really need.