Online Group Work: Barriers and Challenges

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Barriers and Challenges to Group Work

Collaborative group work in an online environment can be an effective way of engaging students in higher-level learning. There are, however, some significant barriers that may make this kind of work difficult. Some of these are:

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Guidance

  • Check your expectations for collaborative group work. Perform an inventory of what it might take to accomplish the tasks being assigned.
  • Provide several models or pathways students can complete the assignment.
  • Consider the manner in which you grade collaborative group work to take into account the challenges some students may have in contributing to activities.
  • Communicate with groups regularly to check in and identify challenges early.
  • Be flexible as students identify barriers.

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