V-L-Easy! Day 7 – Groups

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As part of the countdown to the festive season, the VLE team and CPED are sharing their ideas for simple tools or techniques that can make life easier for lecturers and their students. Last week, we explored CollaborateAlly, Student Preview,  Grade Centre Smart Views, and Nureva Span. Yesterday, we revisited Course SitesToday, we explore a feature which may be a crucial part of your assessment design, but is also a quick and simple way to manage your assessment, marking and communication with students.

Groups

An important aspect of learning in higher education is working in groups.  Group work can improve critical thinking problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills.

Creating groups in Weblearn allows students to work on projects together, where they can communicate via group discussion boards and blogs or use other tools, such as Wiki’s, so  students can on collaboratively.

Groups in Weblearn are often used when there is a group assignment for students.  In such cases, a group is created which allows for the group to submit one assignment for the whole group.  When creating these groups, they are made visible to the students so they can see who else is in their group and collaborate accordingly.

Links to group videoHowever, groups can be created and utilised by staff as a student management tool, where students are unaware that the groups have been created. For example, groups can be created that match seminar classes, research partners, peer groups etc. Watch the video to find out more.

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