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Benefits
  • encourages collaboration, leadership, self-directed
    learning, critical thinking, and research
Instructor
Preparation

Medium:

  • developing problems
  • designing an implementation strategy
Activity Time a few minutes to multiple class sessions/long term projects
Student
Participation

pairs, groups

Facilitation
Tips
Provide the opportunity for weekly checks with groups to answer
questions and ensure progress is being made in the right direction.
Assessment formative and summative

Group learning, through projects, might be considered a sub-category of active learning, as there are group-based active learning strategies that fit in all three categories: low preparation/short activity time (think-pair-share), medium preparation/medium activity time (case studies), and high preparation/long activity time (debates, problem-based learning).

All group learning strategies hope to achieve meaningful learning experiences. These learning experiences are both social and academic as students learn to cooperate with others, learn to work within a group dynamic, collaborate, and learn course concepts. Students are expected to learn from each other and therefore must be able to assess and take ownership of their own learning. In the ideal group size of about 3-5, every student is accountable in the group dynamic.