Group Work

Consider your learning outcomes and how you can use group assignments to meet those outcomes.2  Avoid assigning group work to students that could just as easily have been completed individually.  Group work should be designed in a way that the students learn because they were in a group rather than completing the task alone.1  Group activities could include one or all of the following:  

  • Situations with no right answer: debates, research on controversial issues.  
  • Situations with multiple perspectives: analyzing current events, cultural comparisons, or case studies.  
  • Situations where there are too many resources for one person to evaluate.