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Collaboration is common in the workplace. Many businesses and work teams are faced with ill-defined challenges that require creative and innovative solutions. These types of challenges often call for groups of people with a range of expertise to share and create new knowledge while working together toward a solution. However, collaboration does not come naturally, and educators are being challenged to prepare students with the skills to collaborate and provide opportunities that highlight the value of collaboration as a tool that will help them think in new ways and become creative, effective problem-solvers.

In the book Strategies for Energizing Large Classes: From Small Groups to Learning Communities, more than 100 instructors using small group activities or working to create student communities in large courses were interviewed on their rationale for using collaborative work in the classroom (MacGregor, Cooper, Smith, Robinson, 2000). Their reasons included:

  • Promoting cognitive elaboration
  • Enhancing critical thinking
  • Providing feedback
  • Promoting social and emotional development
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Reducing student attrition.

In 2009, the National Survey of Student Engagement identified active and collaborative learning as one of the top five benchmarks for effective educational practice. The report states: "Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and are asked to think about and apply what they are learning in different settings. Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material prepares students to deal with the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily, both during and after college."

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1**** Group Work1046122023-04-132404
2Constructive and Destructive Group Behaviors1141812023-08-2112516
3Using Zoom Breakout Rooms1074032023-08-142652
4Group Investigations1041442023-07-191603
5Group Work: Methods of Good Practice1141862023-06-281470
6Group Work Rubric1141972023-06-282186
7Team Expectations Agreements1141962023-06-281634
8Examples of Collaborative Group Work Assignments1141882023-06-281380
9Group Effort Analysis Rubric1142012023-06-281888
10Addressing Disruptive Team Behavior1143522023-06-281743
11Group Curation Activity in Canvas1062732023-06-191754
12Managing Groups in Canvas for Large Courses1036602023-06-191800
13Developing students’ disciplinary thinking1222452023-04-26790
14Stages of Group Development1141922023-04-2612535
15Group Roles1196152023-02-011477
16Group Project Planning Worksheet1171082023-02-011492
17Online Group Work: Barriers and Challenges1046242023-02-013808
18Group Work: Design and Planning1046222023-02-011988
19Assessing Group Work1045862022-10-282572
20Peer Review Rubric1141992022-10-289213

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