Another group project?

Posted: October 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

At BCIT, my classmates and I would cringe every time a group project was assigned. We knew that inevitably this would lead to late meetings, disorganized work and the inequitable distribution of labour. I used to think that this was just a painful way for instructors to reduce their marking load.

Looking at it now, there is a “learning community” aspect to these dreaded projects which has a higher intellectual purpose. These projects were meant to push people together as a community, working towards common goals. This helped me make connections with students and work towards a collaborative project. This also meant that I was engaging in active learning and even using the “higher order learning strategies of elaboration, comprehension monitoring and critical thinking”. (Elizabeth Barkley, “Student Engagement Techniques” pg. 26 2010 John Wiley& Sons)

I guess all those group projects were helpful. Now as an instructor, when students complain about doing a group project, I will remind them that “its for your own good!”

Grumpy Cat

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