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Group work can provide students with a rich cooperative learning experience. They may be small, temporary ad-hoc groups arranged for informal in-class activities, or larger formal groups in which students work together to complete extensive projects.

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Present the class with a statement or diagram and ask students what is wrong with it. Divide students into groups of three or four to discuss and decide what is wrong with the statement or diagram presented. Each group must agree on a solution and be prepared to present it to the rest of the class. Groups must try to convince their peers that their solutions are correct. Use this as a review or a lead-in to new topics.

Active Learning Technology & Furniture

  • Movable tables and chairs (for groups to rearrange)
  • Portable whiteboards (for students to record solutions)


Divide students into groups of four. Provide 5 to 10 minutes for groups to imagine how the course material/topic/concept may change or be effected 10-20 years from now. Students may focus on analyzing and evaluating patterns or visualizing the future. Have groups share and discuss their insights with the rest of class.


Active Learning Technology & Furniture

  • Movable tables and chairs (for groups to rearrange)
  • Portable whiteboards (for students to record and share ideas)


Divide students into groups and have them evaluate the pros and cons of a procedure, technique, conclusion, action of a fictional character, political decision, etc. After 5 to 10 minutes, have groups write the pros on one side of the board and cons on the other side. Use the pro and con grid to inspire discussions or debates. 

Active Learning Technology & Furniture

  • SMART Board/Kapp, white board
  • Movable tables and chairs


Jigsaw is one of many group work activities and can take various forms. One way involves students being divided into groups and assigning individuals to a specific task. After completing the tasks, they join the pieces together to form a larger project. 


Active Learning Technology & Furniture

  • Available mobile devices and applications (for students to collaborate with and access or share information)
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“Buzz Groups”

“Group Discussion”


Check-in Groups: Formative
Assign students to "check-in groups". Use regular scheduled times in class to have students "check-in" with their groups and discuss or review concepts that they still struggle with. At the end of the "check-in", groups present a topic or concept that they feel needs more review or explaining.

Class Discussion: Reflection
Once students have reflected on their group's performance of a task or project, have them share their experience with the rest of class. This can help prepare students for future group work and give instructors some feedback about the assignment/project.


Google Docs/Sheets/Slides

  • free
  • create and share conten
  • collaborate in real time
  • share links with anyone

Blacboard Collaborate/Ultra

  • integrated with Lethbridge College's LMS, Canvas
  • online learning/collaboration space
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Reflect on the importance of one's role in the greater context.
Participate in projects/causes that benefit the larger community (local global)

Create or adapt new methods or processes to solve problems in groups or independently, recognizing that making errors is part of the process.
Compare how people view problems from different perspectives

ead and listen analytically with understanding and openness toward divergent viewpoints.
Compare how people view problems from different perspectives.

Reflect upon and leverage personal strengths.
Accept feedback from others willingly and act upon it.
Take initiative and focus on group purpose, goals and objectives.

Use a variety of technologies to collaborate with others and share information.
Choose appropriate technologies to effectively support collaboration among various stakeholders.

ake initiative to determine necessary roles and willingly accepts and fulfills individual role within the group.
Builds a repertoire of conflict resolution skills.
Interacts cooperatively to build consensus.
Organizes and manages group projects.