In all the surveys, interviews, and focus groups conducted for this project, not one of the student participants said they would be happy to leave university without having experienced a group project. However, they like them to be fair, efficient, and worthwhile.
This website includes resources, tips, and case studies from lecturers who have group projects in their courses. Group projects can be run in many different ways; don’t discount either the benefits that come from a small project or the deep learning that comes from a large project.
Successful groupwork examples
As part of the research underpinning these groupwork resources, we interviewed various academics who are already using groupwork, to provide some examples of the challenges and benefits of using groupwork. These people have learnt by trial and error what works for them and their students.
Kate Daellenbach describes how she uses groupwork in a 300-level Arts Marketing course, providing lots of reasons why she uses groupwork, and some practical tips.
Chris Eichbaum uses groupwork in 300-level Public Policy courses as well as a Master’s class, utilising web-based tools like wikis, and alternative styles of presentation like posters.
Richard Norman uses groupwork to effectively draw out the best from our diverse student population, so they benefit from their contrasting backgrounds to develop better knowledge and skills needed to work together in the real world. He uses groupwork in various 300-level Human Resource Management classes, including the capstone HR class.
Outside Commerce, Linda Hogg describes groupwork in a 300-level Educational Psychology course where groupwork helps students from different countries develop intercultural communication skills.
Finally, back in Commerce, Vicky Mabin describes groupwork in postgraduate Management Decision Making courses that enable diverse groups to practise systems thinking.