Successfully implementing groupwork in online classes: Opinion

October 30, 2020
While the switch to online learning has led to some instructors cutting group assignments, the authors Cathy N Davidson and Christina Katopodis argue that “now is exactly the time to be helping students learn how to collaborate online,” as students need these skills for workplace success. The article provides eight recommendations for improving online groupwork. These include enhancing student engagement through structuring group projects around real-world problems, instructor control of equitable distribution of labour, and creating large enough groups to ensure the project can continue if one student “ghosts.” They also suggest using contract grading, prework to help choose students’ roles, and a timeline with checkpoints, while practicing adaptability. Inside Higher Ed (International)