Effective group work strategies

Collaboration and teamwork can be challenging but is an effective and often necessary approach to problem solving.

The term ‘collaborative learning’, or working in groups, broadly refers to students working together and using a variety of practices in order to answer questions, use course materials or to solve problems (Colbeck, Campbell, & Bjorkland, 2000). You might decide to form a study group to help you cope with difficult coursework, or be required to work in groups to complete assessment tasks.

Being able to work effectively in groups is a lifetime skill for the workforce, particularly your professional dealings with colleagues and clients.

What will I learn?

This module will help you:

  • Consider the benefits and potential challenges of working in groups
  • Recognise and reflect on different roles required in group work
  • Understand the four stages of the team life-cycle and their impact on group performance
  • Be aware of strategies for the forming stage
  • Evaluate appropriate strategies for dealing with conflict
  • Recognise and reflect on potential benefits and activities of study groups

How long will it take?

This module should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

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To fully engage with this module (for example, completing practice quizzes or posting in forums), you’ll need to enrol in the Academic Skills Hub.

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