Group Work

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ group work skills.

All our resources are available for free educational use under a Creative Commons licence. You are welcome to link to them, use them and adapt them if necessary for your students, but please acknowledge LearnHigher as authors.

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Groupwork role play

This workshop activity facilitates participants to practice their groupwork skills whilst negotiating a response to a given scenario. It provides the opportunity to plan and film responses to create more groupwork opportunities and discover new digital skills. The outputs of these could be edited into a more formal video should you wish to develop them into future teaching material, but consent would need to be gained from each participant for this.

There are 5 scenarios (one for each group of students) in the Group work skills MS Word document and one MS Word tutor guidance sheet.
Learning Outcomes

● To practice groupwork skills

● To understand common reasons why groupwork projects fail

● To develop employability competencies

● To learn filming and editing techniques

Activity time: 60 minutes

Types of media: Worksheet, Lesson Plan, Handout/s

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Creative Learning Activity Cards

Creative Learning Activity Cards are an interactive teaching and learning resource for students of creative subjects at Foundation, BA or MA level to help scaffold student academic skills. This evidence-based resource consists of 50 activity cards divided into five sections of ten cards on: • Planning• Research• Thinking• Writing• Wild Card (includes tips for overcoming writer’s block, anxiety and procrastination, and building motivation) The cards can be used as materials in both online and face-to-face facilitated seminars or workshops, as the basis for teaching in lectures or as an independent study resource for students.To print you can use PowerPoint option of choosing number of slides per page, e.g. 4 slides per A4 and cut them out. You could also choose single page and print the desired ones to full A4 so they can be used as A4 handouts. Another option could be using photo paper, e.g. 10x15cm and print them individually (select 'fill whole page' option via printer setting).

Activity time:

Types of media: Worksheet, Slides, PowerPoint File, Interactive Learning Object

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Observing Conversations

This resource offers a session plan, which aims to help students develop conversation styles and techniques, based on effective use of questioning styles and to appreciate the impact of body language. This activity is designed to be used in a workshop relating to listening and interpersonal skills, particularly relating to active listening, establishing and maintaining conversations and the impact of body language.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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Making Group-work Work

An online video resource following a group of students through their group work project. It features ten episodes, each of which includes reflection and discussion points, and links to further information and activities. It can be used as part of a tutor-led session, or for students' independent learning.

Activity time: 2 Hours

Types of media: Interactive Learning Object, Flash Resource

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Example agenda and minutes for group work meetings

Some sample documents to help students get started with organising their group project meetings. Includes a sample meeting agenda, and sample minutes from a group project meeting.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Meeting roles for group work

An overview of some of the roles in group project meetings. Includes an outline of responsibilities for chair, record keeper, time keeper and task manager.

Activity time: 5 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Ground rules for group work

An overview of things to consider when setting ground rules for a group work project. It covers rules around personal conduct and working practice, as well as an outline of why setting group rules is a useful exercise at the start of a project.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Group work booklet

This booklet provides a comprehensive guide to student group work. It covers topics such as how and why groupwork is used in HE, getting started with your group, personalities and roles, communication, dealing with conflict, reviewing progress and making decisions.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Webpage

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Feedback and reflection in group work

An overview of tips for providing and receiving useful and constructive feedback in a group working environment. It covers tips for both giving and receiving feedback.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Group project management

An overview of tips to effectively manage group work projects. It covers breaking down the task, scheduling and setting deadlines, communicating and monitoring progress.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Effective communication

Advice on how to communicate effectively, particularly in a group working environment. Areas covered include active listening, body language and clarity of expression.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Creating your team

An overview of some tips for creating your team. It covers some of the steps to take at the outset of a group work project to ensure that the group works together effectively.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Group organisation

A classroom exercise in group organisation. Students are asked to create a template agenda for use in their project meetings.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Word Document

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Farmers Communication Exercise

This is an exercise in effective communication (particularly listening) and organisation skills. Participants are given partial information and must communicate with the group to find a solution to a problem.

Activity time: 40 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Word Document

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Team rules exercise

An activity to get students thinking about what group rules they might want to set for the project groups.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage

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