Staying Connected: A Toolkit for Effective Groupwork

Swingler, M., Wehbe, L. and Conlan, V. (2021) Staying Connected: A Toolkit for Effective Groupwork. 14th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, 18 Jun 2021.

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Group-work is increasingly common in higher education and develops essential graduate skills in collaboration, communication and problem solving, skills commonly sought by employers (Daly et al, 2015). However, the group work process can be challenging for students (Chang & Brickman, 2018; Wilson et al, 2018), and staff face the challenge of supporting groups remotely in the pivot to online learning. Drawing on the outcomes of previous projects (Graham & Pringle Barnes, 2020) and the University group work policy (2018), we worked as a team of UG and PGR students and staff to evaluate current group work resources and develop recommendations to establish which practices are working and where there are gaps in provision. The paper will discuss key findings from this evaluation and present a toolkit we co-created on effective group working in an online learning environment, based on the recommendations. The toolkit comprises videos, activities and student testimonials on group organisation, communication, collaboration, reflection, and seeking support. We sought feedback from UG and PGT students and staff on how the toolkit can support online collaboration and improve the group work experience. We will present our emerging findings, which suggest that the resources are helpful to students in initiating group organization and allocating tasks, and useful to staff in signposting support within their course or programme.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords:Group work, online learning, reflection., co-creation, active learning.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wehbe, Ms Lara and Swingler, Dr Maxine
Authors: Swingler, M., Wehbe, L., and Conlan, V.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Author
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