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Using Group Work to Promote Deep Learning


Deep Learning via Teamwork

Who hasn’t cringed at the thought of group work? One or two students always seem to shoulder the lion’s share of the assignment while the rest of the group rides quietly along, earning credit but learning little. Then exams come around, and it’s clear who did the heavy lifting and who didn’t lift a finger.

That kind of group work doesn’t do anyone any good. That’s why no one is doing it anymore. So what are savvy and successful instructors doing instead? Find out in Using Group Work to Promote Deep Learning. This 60-minute presentation shows you how to revise your courses and then raise your expectations for the work students do in and out of the classroom.

About your presenter

Barbara J. Millis PhD., Director of the Teaching and Learning Center, University of Texas at San Antonio, received her Ph.D. in English literature from Florida State University.  She frequently offers workshops at professional conferences, particularly the Lilly Teaching Conferences, and for over 300 colleges and universities, including ones in Qatar, Turkey, and New Zealand.  She publishes articles on a variety of faculty development topics such as cooperative learning, peer classroom observations, deep learning, the teaching portfolio, microteaching, syllabus construction, classroom assessment/research, critical thinking, writing for publication, focus groups, writing across the curriculum, academic games, and course redesign. 

In this 60-minute presentation, Millis shows you how to:

  • Use tightly structured courses and assignments
  • Focus on problem solving during out-of-class and in-class assignments and activities
  • Use heterogeneous, teacher-selected groups (students must not self-select their work groups)
  • Promote positive interdependence
  • Foster individual accountability within group assignments and activities
  • Use group activities to process out-of-class learning
  • Pay attention to and promote leadership skills in all students

This seminar will teach you to:

  • Revise course design to incorporate out-of-class learning via readings, videos, and independent activities
  • Dedicate in-class time to discussions and student-centered exercises that help students process their out-of-class learning
  • Apply cooperative learning principles and practices, including classroom management techniques
  • Engage students in their own learning process

Who will benefit

  • Faculty members and instructors
  • Faculty development staff
  • Department chairs
  • Administrators
Learn how cooperative learning can change your instructional approach and your students’ academic outcomes.

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