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Constructing, Managing, and Evaluating Student Group Work:
A Working Session for STEM* Faculty

*Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Part of the STEM Teaching Strategies Series

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hollister 314

Group work can be given short shrift in college classrooms, but when it is well constructed, managed, and evaluated, it can enhance student learning, develop teamwork skills valued by employers, and increase student engagement with more realistic, substantive problems—all while reducing the number of reports to be graded.

In this session you will learn best practices for forming groups and strategies to efficiently make group assignments; you'll get tips on structuring group deliverables to enhance group success and minimize in-group conflict; and finally you will learn ways to evaluate group work that respect both group and individual efforts.

Leave this session with sample group contracts, tasks, plans, a copy of the GroupEng program for assigning groups, and sample grading rubrics and peer evaluation forms.

Participation is by application only and is open to all STEM faculty. Space is limited to 20 participants. Please bring a laptop to class.

Session jointly presented by the McCormick Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute (METEI) and the Center for Teaching Innovation. 


The application deadline is March 26th, 2014. Completed applications should be submitted via email to or campus mail to: Center for Teaching Innovation, 420 CCC.

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9:00-9:40 am

Best practices in constructing student groups

9:40-10:10 am

Faculty introductions: “How do you use groups in your class?”

10:10-10:25 am

Break & Download GroupEng program

10:25-11:30 am

Forming groups with the GroupEng program

11:30-11:45 am

Resources from Learning Strategies Center

11:45-11:50 am


11:50 am-12:40 pm

Lunch & Undergraduate student panel on group work experiences

12:40-12:45 pm


12:45-1:45 pm

Managing student groups by teaching group skills

1:45-2:45 pm

Evaluating and grading group work

2:45-3:00 pm

Wrap up & Evaluation
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