Why we need group work in Online Learning
I always have liked the idea of a place where people can meet and exchange ideas. Conversation in general, normal conversation, should be just that. Now however when I go to a teashop, arts cafe or record store it’s a load of hipsters who’d rather inflate their self-worth and preen.
This post is 1st in a 3 part series on the topic of group work in online learning communities. Post 2 will be about strategies for effective group work, and post 3, successful evaluation and outcomes.
Group work. Students groan when they find out there’s a group assignment that’s part of the grading for a given class [ I’m no exception]. Students learning online don’t feel much different, and given the time and distance barriers, it presents even more challenges for these students. What is it about group work that is so distasteful? Many students cite lack of cooperation, work equity and dependency on others as major factors in disliking team work with classmates. Ironically, this is precisely why group work is essential for learning.
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