ERIC Number: EJ926217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 27
Designing and Fostering Effective Online Group Projects
Scherling, Sarah E.
Adult Learning, v22 n2 p13-18 Spr 2011
Collaborative learning is a hallmark of adult education and a popular instructional strategy. For over a decade, as an educator of adult learners, the author has integrated group work into courses. Group projects require the contribution and evaluation from all group members and often reflect a collective grade at the end of the project. However, simply developing collaborative projects and assigning students to a group does not guarantee collaborative learning. In order to realize the intended benefits of collaborative group projects, instructors should intentionally design the project to minimize cooperative distribution of work load, inequitable participation by group members, absorption of unfair workloads, and unfair assessment of individual member's contribution. These factors often lead to students' dissatisfaction with group projects. The role of the instructor lies in examining the needs of students and adapting instructional strategies to engage students in meaningful collaborative learning experiences.
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Adult Education, Cooperative Learning, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Group Activities, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, Cooperation, Computer Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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