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Larry Michaelsen: Effective Group Work

Dr. Larry Michaelsen, nationally recognized expert and author of five books on the use and abuse of group assignments in the university classroom, was on campus to lead several faculty workshops on Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13, 2013.


The focuses of Dr. Michaelsen's workshops were to lead discussion about designing group work that really works. In these workshops, faculty engaged in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly designed assignments.

Additionally, faculty received a demonstration of the Readiness Assurance Process. This process enables teachers to spend most of the class time focusing on content applications without reducing the number of concepts that are covered. 

Faculty also explored additional issues and concerns about using learning groups including:

  • Building groups into self-managed learning teams with norms that promote high levels of individual preparation,
  • content engagement,
  • and class attendance.


Resources:

Three Keys to Using Learning Groups Effectively - PDF
What is TBL and Why Does it Work? - PDF
The Essential Elements of Team-Based Learning - PDF
Team Based Learning Academe Article - PDF
Readiness Assurance - PowerPoint


Video: 

Introduction
Creating Teams
Use of Answer Numbers
Designing Group Activities
Discussion
Intro to Group Work
Team Based Learning (TBL) Brief
Problems with Learning Groups