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
Using online tools for communication and collaboration is 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
Staff create a Team and set up Channels (open or Private) for students to work in groups
|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 other 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 Assignment - group submission||Students submit an assignment (e.g. Project report or Presentation slides) in their group||You can create a Group assignment and choose settings for a single submission from the group, and to provide feedback and marks to the whole group|
|Moodle Group Peer Review Tool||Allow students to anonymously score one another to weight academic mark||Works with Moodle Group assignment. See our Group Peer Review tool guidance, Staff FAQ and Student FAQs|
Group design project work - online and remote working
Group design project work - online and remote working In the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Dr Robert Grover co-teaches a group design project with Dr Victoria Stephenson, to a combination of four different cohorts, across the two disciplines of architecture and civil engineering.
Group work with peer assessment
Group work with peer assessment – supporting students in the online environment In the Department of Health, Dr Ezio Preatoni and colleagues offer a range of units which include assessed group coursework. In the fields of Sport and Exercise Science and Health and Exercise Science, students typically go on to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Developing their teamwork skills is therefore key to preparing for the professional environment.