Setting the scene

For courses involving group work, it is important to set the tone. This section details ways to support group work early on in the course.

Setting the Scene

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”—Anon

Introducing group work

These tips have been put together from student feedback on what they like about group work, and from staff who have supervised successful group assignments.

Including interaction

Interaction in the class helps interaction in project groups.

This section gives ideas about how to include interaction in lectures and tutorials. Students react positively to interactive teaching styles overall, not just with group work.

Selecting groups

The group selection process can make a big difference to how well groups work together. It can reduce the number of problems within groups, and it can improve the quality of the assignments. This section includes guidelines on how to select groups, and how to deal with some of the main issues that may arise when doing so.

Advice for tutorials

Tutorials are a great way to support group work. This resource includes:

  • student feedback on how they like tutorials to be run
  • overall themes for tutorials that will help to support group work
  • a suggested structure for the first tutorial of a course.

Using icebreakers

Icebreakers encourage students to get to know each other; however, it can be difficult to find the right one to use. This section provides some icebreakers that fit students' main criteria, along with links to additional icebreaker ideas.