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Tools and Practice to Determine the Depth of Student Learning in Small Groups

45 minutes
Use of Technology for Equity and Inclusion
Social and Collaborative Learning
Practices for Student Success
Higher Education
Oral Presentation

There are many pedagogical advantages for having your students work in small groups during class. One of the challenges, however, is to have an adequate understanding of the connections your students make with the material as a result of working in groups. What is the most effective way to wrap up and synthesize their learning? How do you balance hearing from a representative sample of students while avoiding tedious and boring reporting from too many students? What is the best technology to use for this process? In this interactive workshop we will demonstrate several different tools and methods to query student understanding. We will use different high- and low-tech options and for each of these methods provide advantages and disadvantages with respect to student accountability, student comfort levels, and the amount of time needed for planning and execution. Determining the pros and cons of each tool and approach is informed by published pedagogical literature and feedback from experienced instructors who use small-group learning in their teaching. There will be multiple opportunities to provide your feedback on these approaches. Please bring a device that connects to the internet for this session.


Christina Petersen, University of Minnesota