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Facilitating Group Work

About this topic

Well-designed student group work activities can provide rich learning experiences that enhance subject specific knowledge in addition to developing a range of essential skills and attributes.

Group work also provides means for effectively engaging and assessing large numbers of students.

Key considerations when developing group work include:

  • Is it clear to all parties why group work is an important and appropriate approach?
  • Will students know what constitutes “good” team-working? If not, how will students become informed?
  • Are the expected outcomes reasonable and clear?
  • Do you assess the product or process of the work? Furthermore, what balance is needed between recognising individual contribution against overall group outputs.
  • How do you monitor group progress and manage conflict within groups?

This topic provides direct access to examples of the numerous approaches available to create practical and effective group work activities. Further resources and ideas to support such activities are also included.

Case Studies

Problem-based Learning Video Case Study

Dr Annabel Cartwright

Published 17 Feb 2017 • 11 mins read

Dr Cartwright talks through how the School of Physics and Astronomy introduced a problem-based learning module to help with improving the employability skills of students undertaking the degree.


Facilitating group work

3 recommendations

Growing Ideas using the Concept Canvas

Rhys Pearce-Palmer, Sian Eddy & Louise Miles-Payne

Published 17 Jan 2020 • 42 minutes read

One of the workshops delivered most frequently by the Enterprise & Start-up Team is about business models. The workshop allows students to discuss and develop business models, improves their commercial awareness and provides the tools they need to


Enterprise & Employability | Facilitating group work |

0 recommendations

Transformation to “Experiential Learning”, a case study

Dr Vicki Stevenson

Published 01 Jan 1970 • 7 minutes read

Dr Vicki Stevenson, of Cardiff University's Welsh School of Architecture presents at the 2019 Learning & Teaching Conference, hosted by the CESI, a case study on: Transformation to “Experiential Learning”


Ways of learning | Flipping the classroom | Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |

0 recommendations

Modern learning environments and large group teaching in Physiotherapy

Jill Morgan

Published 13 Mar 2019 • 6 minutes read

Video case study from Jill Morgan from the School of Healthcare Sciences describing how she's been able to transform how she delivers large group teaching within the new flexible lecture theatre in the School


Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |

3 recommendations

Cardiff Resources

Case based learning in the School of Medicine

Dr Zarabeth Newton & Dr Marcus Coffey

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 10 mins read

A presentation by Dr Marcus Coffey and Dr Zarabeth Newton on how case based learning was introduced to the C21 MBBCh Medicine course.


Ways of learning | Facilitating group work | Small group teaching |

3 recommendations

Demonstrating (supporting laboratory, practical and field work.

Dr Kate Exley

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 40 mins read

An introduction to demonstrating in practical, laboratory and fieldwork classes.


Facilitating group work

1 recommendations

Online Content Curation Tools Technology Reviews

Dr Duncan Cole and Dr Richard Jones

Published 14 Jan 2019 • 30 mins read

This resource reviews a range of the most well-known platforms and piloted and assessed them as support tools for use in higher education.


Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |

0 recommendations

Best Practice in Online Content Curation in Higher Education

Dr Duncan Cole & Dr Richard Jones

Published 18 Jan 2019 • 30 mins read

This best practice document aims to provide advice on how to get the most from using a curation platform, and indeed identifying whether a curation platform is right for the job you have in mind. We present this as a series of key consideration with


Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |

2 recommendations

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