Doing Group Work Well

Date Released: 2 April 2015

Herrick Room, Allen Library Bldg, 12 p.m.

The practice of having students work in groups in educational settings keeps growing. It is partly driven by necessity in that very often students have to share resources, or the projects they are working on are too large to handle individually, or that new advanced-technology classrooms like the ones that have been built on our campus are designed for group activities.

Another driver towards cooperative learning is the research that indicates that it provides benefits both cognitively (in that students learn better), socially (in that students learn how to work productively and harmoniously with others), and emotionally (in that it can make the classroom a much more congenial place).

But all these benefits do not flow automatically by assigning students to group and letting them loose. Successful group work requires careful thought and advance planning by the instructor. Failure to do so can produce worse cognitive, social, and emotional outcomes than having students work individually.

But the steps that need to be taken for successful group work are not hard to learn and implement and the next UCITE session will walk participants through it.

Join us for that discussion on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen Building (at the corner of Euclid and Adelbert) immediately on the left if you enter through the Euclid Avenue revolving door.

Pizza lunch, sodas, and water will be provided at this session. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend this session by replying to this email or sending a message to