Staying Connected: A Toolkit for Effective Groupwork

Staying Connected: A Toolkit for Effective Groupwork

Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service
Date: Thursday 17 February 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
Category: Academic events
Speaker: Maxine Swingler, Gayle Pringle Barnes, Lara Hani Wehbe

Group-work is increasingly common in higher education and develops essential graduate skills in collaboration, communication and problem solving, skills commonly sought by employers (Daly et al, 2015).   However, the group work process can be challenging for students (Chang & Brickman, 2018; Wilson et al, 2018), and staff face the challenge of supporting groups remotely in the pivot to online and blended learning. Building on the outcomes of previous projects (Graham & Pringle Barnes, 2020) and the University group work policy (2018), we co-created  a toolkit on effective group work with students.  Drawing on the toolkit, this workshop will focus on practical activities to support group work, such as allocating group roles, improving communication and encouraging group reflection.  By the end of the workshop staff will be equipped with resources to help address the challenges of group work in their own teaching context, as well as resources to support students to work collaboratively.   


Chang, Y., & Brickman, P. (2018) ‘When Group Work Doesn’t Work: Insights from Students’, CBE—Life Sciences Education, 17(3), ar52. doi: 10.1187/cbe.17-09-0199  

Daly, A., Hoy, S., Hughes, M., Islam, J. and Mak, S. M. (2015) ‘Using Group Work to Develop Intercultural Skills in the Accounting Curriculum in Australia’, Accounting Education, 24(1), 27-40. doi: 10.1080/09639284.2014.996909 

Graham, C. & Pringle Barnes, G. (2020) ‘Evidencing Engaging and Effective Group Work’, University of Glasgow 13th Learning and Teaching Conference, 13th February, Glasgow. 

University of Glasgow (2018). Policy for Assessed Groupwork.

Swingler, M.V., Wehbe, L., Cleland-Woods, H., & Pringle-Barnes, G. (2021).  Staying Connected: A Toolkit for Effective Groupwork

Wilson, L., Ho, S., & Brookes, R. (2017) ‘Student Perceptions of Teamwork within Assessment Tasks in Undergraduate Science Degrees’. Assessment & Evaluation In Higher Education, 43(5), 786-799. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2017.1409334  

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