[4] How to set-up and assess group work – the need for collaborative learning for future graduates

WORKSHOP

How to set-up and assess group work – the need for collaborative learning for future graduates

Author

Nigel Francis

Swansea University Medical School

Abstract

The ability to work as part of a team is an essential skill for the modern graduate and assessing students working in groups can be an incredibly powerful tool, provided that it is set up and administered correctly. In this workshop the dream and nightmare scenarios of group work will be explored to help identify some of the key areas to consider when setting up a group assessment. This will including how ground rules can be used to hold students accountable to each other and be used in peer-assessment. This will lead into the second half of the session will focus on ways to assessing students working in groups and how measures can be put in place to create an authentic, robust and fair assessment which rewards student participation.

Session Outline

This workshop, which will involve audience participation and discussion, will be divided into two parts. The first will explore the differences between a nightmare and dream scenario of group-work. The second will look at ways to ensure that the assessment is fair and students can see the benefits of participation.

Key Messages

Participants will gain a better understanding of the benefits of setting up group work properly and means by which students can be assessed in a fair manner

Key Words

Group-work, assessment, collaboration


FOR STAFF USE ONLY Projector, laptop with Power Point, flip charts/paper for each group, marker pens

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