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Group Work Activities


Description: For Teaching Day 2015 our speaker Dr. Elizabeth F. Barkely presented the keynote and also special afternoon workshop on the topic of group work. Her books, Collaborative Learning Techniques and Student Engagement Techniques, and are available in Gelman Library in print as well as digitally. These two great resources provide numerous examples and outline step-by-step instructions for implementing a variety of activities in the classroom (both face-to-face as well as online).

View and download these resources:

Collaborative Learning Techniques (CoLTs) Quick Reference

This document provides a high-level summary of 35 different activities that can be completed in pairs or groups.  Please note that the CoLTs can be grouped by theme accordingly:

  • 1-6  Discussion CoLTs
  • 7-12 Reciprocal Teaching
  • 13 - 18 Problem Solving
  • 19 - 23 Graphic Organizing
  • 24 - 30 Writing
  • 31 - 35 Gaming

Table Ideas for Effective Groupwork (from Theory to Practice)

During the keynote, GW faculty worked in groups to first reflect on the CoLTs discussed and then to identify how they might use some of the techniques in their own courses. This document is the compilation of ideas, grouped by theme, for how the CoLTs could be implemented.

Common Problems and Solutions for Group Work

In the afternoon session, GW faculty worked in groups (using the "Send a Problem" technique) to first brainstorm common problems of group work and then to come up with specific solutions for each. This document provides the examples of problems and solutions compiled during this session.

If you would like to meet with someone from the UTLC to discuss ideas for implementing group work, please visit our request a consultation page.