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Writer: Hayden Coombs
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.
Many faculty have requested access to the resources that Dr. Michaelsen used during his workshops. They can be found by following this link. Resources from other workshops, including the Ken Bain, Dee Fink, and Barbara Walvoord workshops, are also available at this location.
Video of his Dr. Michaelsen's visit has been segmented and is available at this page.