Facilitating Group Work – Research has found that students who experience group work in their college classrooms retain more information, are more satisfied with their classes, and have increased persistence in college (Braxton, Milem, and Sullivan, 2000).  Group work can be an effective method to motivate students, encourage active learning, and develop key critical-thinking, communication, and decision-making skills. Despite the research, many students and instructors still resist group work.

Use these suggestions to help implement group work successfully in your classroom.

Getting to Know Your Group

An exercise for getting to know your group of students.

Group Presentation Assignment

A sample of a group presentation assignment.

Group Evaluation Rubric

A sample of a group evaluation rubric. Each group member would receive the same grade.

Group Contact Sheet

After groups are formed, it is important that they have each member's contact information.

Group Norms

A chart outlining the structure and expected outcomes of a classroom group.

Group Meeting Minutes

Keep your group going forward. Group meeting minutes do just that!

Getting to Know Your Group

A group game activity to do when groups are first formed to open communication among new group members.

Group Learning Contract

A group learning contract for students committing to participating effectively in group learning activities.

Group Work Charter

A team charter exercise to encourage students to share expectations and encourage groups to develop norms.

Group Review Exercise

A team review exercise to help students discuss the inner workings of their group with their fellow group members and to develop improvement strategies.

Group Member Evaluation

An anonymous group member evaluation completed by each group member.

Getting into Groups

Here are some fast, easy ways to organize a group of students for the process of group work within a specific time frame within a class.

Roles and Responsibilities for Group Games

Different generic roles and responsibilities for group games.

Roles and Responsibilities for Group Members

Generic roles and responsibilities for group members.