Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

NEW articles, links, tips and how-tos in higher education

Issue #1 - Group Work

March 6, 2018

Seven Strategies to Enhance Learning through Group Work

By: Barbara Jacoby, PhD

Source: https://www.magnapubs.com/magna-commons/?video=3083

Group work doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration. It can actually be a powerful tool that improves learning for everyone involved. The term for it now is “collaborative learning,” and there are proven strategies that get students to work together and be all the better for it.


This 60 minute online seminar proposes

5 Elements of Effective Small-Group Collaborative Learning

Element 1 - Positive interdependence among group members

Element 2 - Individual accountability & personal responsibility

Element 3 - Promotive interaction

Element 4 - Reflection & group processing

Element 5 - Individual & group assessment

AND

7 Strategies for Effective Small-Group Collaborative Learning

Strategy 1 - Intentionally team groups to be heterogeneous & of the right size

Strategy 2 - Establish learning outcomes that motivate students

Strategy 3 - Prepare students for group work

Strategy 4 - Ensure the group project is authentic, relevant, & sufficiently complex

Strategy 5 - Make it doable for students by eliminating obstacles

Strategy 6 - Engage students in metacognition & critical reflection

Strategy 7 - Assess & grade both individual & group performance



CSU Staff now have access to an institutional subscription to the Magna Commons library that includes access to online seminars, including this one.

Accessory PDF documents available for download include:

- the talk handout

- supplemental material

- the talk transcript

- a Certificate of Completion


For subscription code contact Ellen McIntyre at elmcintyre@csu.edu.au

Seven Strategies to Grow Online Courses and Programs

By: Brian Udermann, PhD

Source: https://www.academicleadertoday.com/administration/program-development/strategies-to-grow-online-courses-and-programs/

As students continue to show interest in taking online courses, and faculty continue to be interested in teaching them, colleges and universities are, in many cases, expanding efforts to increase online programming for their students. This article discusses seven strategies to grow online courses and programs.

Strategy #1 – Strive for faculty buy-in and support.

Strategy #2 – Offer high quality professional development opportunities for faculty.

Strategy #3 – Provide exceptional learner support services for online students.

Strategy #4 – Ensure adequate online administration infrastructure is in place.

Strategy #5 – Determining which online courses and degrees to offer.

Strategy #6 – Provide incentives for faculty development and online course development.

Strategy #7 – Keep the focus on quality.

Dr. Brian Udermann explored these and other related topics during his Magna Online Seminar “Simple Strategies to Grow Online Courses and Programs on January 25, 2018.

CSU Staff with a CSU email address now have access to an institutional subscription to the Magna Commons library that includes access to online seminars, including this one.

For subscription code contact Ellen McIntyre at elmcintyre@csu.edu.au