groups and teams

How to Orchestrate Group Projects in the College Classroom

Some college students dread group projects. Depending on others and working as a team can require more time investment from some students, and can challenge students who have different work strategies and study habits. But there are many benefits of group work, including developing the soft skills required for a student to become a team player. Working in groups is a necessary skill to develop for college students who will be entering the working world, and there are many benefits to orchestrating group projects in your curriculum.

Benefits of group work

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College Student Engagement in Study Sessions

Studying is essential for college students to remember facts, understand material and get the most out of their education. Yet there aren’t courses in studying. Teachers can take up the slack if students are exhibiting poor study skills. Within lesson plans, before or after class and in office visits, teachers can encourage student engagement in study sessions. If you’re considering creating a new study session for students in your class, here are some classroom ideas to develop essential study skills and strategies on how to study for a test. Students may be stressing over their preparedness for class and Read More…


Integrating The Benefits of Teamwork and Audience Response Systems (ARS) in an Accounting Classroom

Student participation and satisfaction in the classroom pose a challenge for accounting instructors. Some students often appear uninterested, unprepared, or confused during class, if they attend at all. Instructors must find unique ways to engage students to become active participants during class time to enhance the learning process and increase the comprehension and appreciation of accounting. Many have successfully utilized Audience Response Systems (ARS), also known as clickers. Others have effectively implemented group projects or team activities. This paper examines the combination of using clickers and teamwork in accounting courses over an entire semester.

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Tips for Students: How to Survive Your Group Projects

Working with a partner or group in a single classroom session may be a refreshing change of pace for college students. However, extensive group projects often come with the negative stigma of undue stress and group-mates letting you down. Group work doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Share these tips with your students for mastering dynamic group work strategies.

Group work tips

If you’re someone who avoids group work like the plague and is simply waiting to graduate and be done with it, don’t get too ahead of yourself. The willingness and ability to work well in a group is a valuable skill Read More…


College Student Collaboration In and Out of the Classroom

Today’s college students are more accustomed than ever to taking classes remotely and forming their social groups online. Does this mean they’re ready to cut the cord from collaborating with their classmates too? While some interpret the rise of texting to be “the downfall of human language,” in reality, teens and young adults are communicating more than ever before — almost non-stop. The same goes for classroom work, and may be a reflection of the way students hope to access information–instantly. Students have some of the busiest, most chaotic schedules out there, yet collaborating with their classmates doesn’t seem to Read More…


Group Projects: Tips for Students, From Students

Whether college students take classes online or on campus, one thing’s just about inevitable: at some point in their academic careers, they’ll have to participate in at least one group project. Many students can be apprehensive about the experience; but, if they follow a few simple guidelines, they can improve the likelihood of success (and perhaps even learn to enjoy the process!).

During Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 NerdNation convention, we asked students to share their college-success tips with fellow students.

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Study Groups and Support Systems: Tips from Students

Though personal drive, initiative, and self motivation are key to college success, students also experience great benefits when they connect with other students, form solid study groups, and engage in peer-to-peer learning experiences.

In these videos, filmed during Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, students describe how study groups benefit their college experience. They list the traits of people they’d want to include (or wouldn’t want to include) in their study groups. They also discuss the value of developing a support system and connecting with fellow students on campus.

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Using Technology to Collaborate? Remember Three Key Points

It’s very likely that your students are using technology to collaborate in their college courses. If they aren’t using it today, they’ll soon be doing so in their future careers. You, too, may be using tech tools to collaborate with your colleagues. When collaborating within a group or team, it pays to adopt the communication skills that enable you to work together effectively. However, due to its very nature, online collaboration requires some extra finesse. In the Enhanced Edition of Microsoft® Office 2013: Introductory, Enhanced Edition from the Shelly Cashman Series, Misty E. Vermaat shares three key things Read More…


How to Improve Student Engagement in the Classroom

Keeping students actively engaged in the classroom can seem like an uphill battle, so Cengage Learning asked thousands of college students and instructors what most encourages student engagement. Fortunately, the most popular responses consist of simple activities and tips to keep in mind. We asked instructors to tell us the specific activities and strategies that get their students most engaged with class. We also asked students to write and tell us what makes classes most interesting. You may be surprised where students and instructors agree!

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Guidelines for Effective Group Discussions

Whether it’s the first day of class or you’re several weeks into the term, group discussions provide your students with the opportunity to get to know one another and see new perspectives as they explore course topics. As the instructor (and facilitator of those conversations), you want to keep these discussions on topic… and keep them from losing focus, losing steam, or turning sour. The good news: by putting some basic ground rules in place, you’ll set the stage for effective and meaningful conversations that leave you and your students enlightened, inspired, and enthusiastic about the learning experience. In the Instructor’s Resource Read More…