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February 27, 2018

Group work. The mere mention of it sends students off on a rant about unproductive peers, poorly crafted research papers, and time spent in boring meetings. So why do we assign group work? The research is clear: actively engaging students in classroom groups can create positive results. When students verbalize ideas, listen to others, and create common products, they learn more deeply and can feel a greater sense of community. Whether you assign group projects or incorporate team-based learning in your daily classroom activities, a successful shift from instructor-focused to team-based learning requires some adjustment and training for both faculty and students.

Want to learn more about how to incorporate cooperative learning groups in your classroom? Join us Friday, March 9 in the Faculty Center for a workshop with trainer Dr. Linda Cuéllar. She’ll explain fundamentals of cooperative learning groups, how to create positive interdependence, assessing student learning, and how to avoid the common pitfalls such as dominance and conflict avoidance. Dr. Cuéllar received advanced training in Cooperative Learning in the college classroom from educational researchers David and Roger Johnson at the University of Minnesota. She has been a tenured faculty member and broadcast journalist in San Antonio and has a Doctorate in Education from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.

A light breakfast will be provided. Register here: https://rowdylink.utsa.edu/event/1751992

Are you assigning group projects? Great! You’re providing important experiences and exposure to new ideas! Working collaboratively on a project can teach students about communication, organization, and time management, but like all new competencies, successful group work requires some knowledge and training. Check out our tips and resources for creating and managing group assignments.

The photo above was taken from a video posted to iBiology.com that shows an example of formal cooperative learning groups at the University of Minnesota.