Taking Collaboration Seriously
Like many professors, I use group projects in my classes. When my students work together on a project, Iím hoping theyíll be able to accomplish complex instructional tasks and support each otherís learning on the project and in the course. In my experience, Iíve found that many student groups function positively and productively, but there are always some groups that do not. In those groups infighting occurs, which negatively affects the studentsí work in addition to their learning, their connection to course content, and their overall impression of the class.