Group Work: Barriers and Challenges in Remote Instruction

Barriers and challenges related to group work in remote instruction

Barriers and Challenges for Group Work

Collaborative group work is an effective way of engaging students in higher-level learning. During remote instruction, however, there are some significant barriers that may make this kind of work difficult. Some of these are:

  • Lack of access to high-bandwidth connections or limited data plans,
  • Lack of a private space to work in an uninterruptible way,
  • Being located in a different time zone (making synchronous activities difficult),
  • Challenges in the way students are use learning, and
  • Increases in the amount of time it may take students to complete activities.

Review the technology requirements for UW-Madison students for the academic year.



  • Check your expectations for collaborative group work. Perform an inventory of what it might take to accomplish the tasks being assigned.
  • Provide several models or pathways students can complete the assignment.
  • Consider the manner in which you grade collaborative group work to take into account the challenges some students may have in contributing to activities.
  • Communicate with groups regularly to check-in and identify challenges early.
  • Be flexible as students identify barriers.

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Keywords:barriers, challenges, group work, collaboration   Doc ID:104624
Owner:Timmo D.Group:Remote Instruction
Created:2020-08-04 10:24 CDTUpdated:2021-07-26 08:05 CDT
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