Assessing group work
Group work helps students develop collaboration skills that will help them in their future careers.
Group work provides valuable opportunities for students to develop important skills. Collaboration is a significant component of many careers. For students to develop the skill of collaboration, it is important to both provide opportunities (e.g., a group project) and meaningful feedback and assessment.
Strategies for assessing group work
When introducing group work to students, it should be made clear to students the nature of how that group work will be assessed. Will the product and/or process be assessed? Will the group work be assessed by the instructor and/or group members? Will marks be individually or group assigned? Will roles be assigned to group members by the instructor, or will group members be expected to work together or negotiate roles? These are some of the questions that are necessary to address when designing and communicating the nature of how group work will be assessed.
Templates for peer-assessment of group work
Resources and references
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DIT. (2008). Enhancing student learning through assessment and feedback: Assessment handbook . Retrieved from http://www.dit.ie/lttc/media/ditlttc/documents/assessment_toolkitv_07_04_2008.pdf
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Methods for assessing group work. Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo.
O’Neill, G. (2013). Assessment: Assessing group work (including online) . Retrieved from UCD Teaching and Learning: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/UCDTLE0065.pdf
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Magna Campus Video and Supplemental Materials Resource
- Log on to UM Learn
- Under My Courses, select All Roles under Role, and All under Term.
- Scroll down to Development Courses and select The Centre – Magna Campus Resources
- Select Magna Campus > Open Menu > Seminar Libraries > Online Seminars
- In the search box, type in “group”
- Tap on “Seven Strategies to Enhance Learning through Group Work”