What do we mean?
Group work refers to any student-student lead interaction. This includes Group Reports, Presentations, Lab Projects and Peer Assisted Learning activities.
Tools to Support Online Group Work
The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted online tools for communication collaboration as a key workplace skill. These tools can support collaborative Group Reports, Lab Projects and Peer Assisted Learning activities. Point students towards the tools below so students can successfully work in groups.
Students can find managing group work challenging in a face-to-face environment. Consider how you will scaffold online group work to support engagement, access and allow students to focus on the group work itself.
- Encourage students to use familiar & generic tools (see list below)
- Set expectations and scaffold group interactions. For example:
- Set milestones and timeline
- Structure initial activities
- Encourage group to agree on a code of working
- Ice-breaker activities to settle groups (e.g. asynchronous: annotate an article with questions and comments, synchronous: mindmap on OneNote during Teams meeting).
- Use synchronous and asynchronous activities to give chances for all students to contribute (e.g. to support different timezones, modes of working, etc).
Specific Tools for Group Work
The following are approved University of Bath tools and give a blank canvas for students to work with one another.
|Organisation||Microsoft Teams||Students create a Team to support communication and collaboration||
|Moodle Group Choice Activity||Allows students to chose which Moodle group they want to enrol in.||Watch our video walkthrough on setting up the Group Choice Activity|
|Communication||Microsoft Teams Chat||Students use text chat to asynchronously discuss group work||
|Microsoft Teams Meeting||Students update, discuss and plan live using a Teams meeting||Students can share screen/documents in meetings|
||Consider using different forum types in Moodle - for example the Q&A forum only displays others posts after you have posted!
Moodle has a Group Modes for Forums and many activities: namely Separate Groups where members can only see their own group and Visible Groups where students work in their group with others groups' work read-only.
|Collaboration||OneNote||Students compile research and planning documents||Copy pages to a personal notebook to save group outputs|
|Word, Excel, Powerpoint||Students can collaborate in comment and collaborate concurrently on a final report/data analysis/presentation||Use Review to add comments and track changes|
|Microsoft Whiteboard||Quickly sketch and articulate simple diagrams||Whiteboard feels faster than OneNote for live online meetings|
|Moodle Wiki||Students create collaborative linked document in Moodle that is also a unit resource.||See our Wiki guidance and case studies|
|Assessment Tool||Moodle Group Peer Review Tool||Allow students to anonymously score one another to weight academic mark||See our Group Peer Review tool guidance, Staff FAQ and Student FAQs|