Facilitating Group Collaboration

This post from the San Francisco Unified School Districtlooks at a number of questions surrounding Group Collaboration.

  • Why bother with groupwork?
  • Is groupwork good for learning?
  • Characteristics of effective groups.
  • Deciding on group size.
  • Tools for enabling group collaboration.

Then end of the article looks at the use of peer evaluation as a way to minimize social loafing behavior and finds it can actually be counterproductive. Alternatives are presented, including an option in selected cases for teams to “fire” members – just like real life.