Supplemental Resources: Supporting Student Learning

Facilitating Group Work

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Evidence-Based Best Practices

Key Points & Principles

Implementation Guide

  • For a deeper dive into facilitating group learning, see the book Collaborative Learning Techniques: a Handbook for College Faculty by Barkley, Major, and Cross. This entire book is available online through the UW-Madison libraries. The opening segments include research-informed overviews of different forms of group work and best practices for structuring effective groups. The latter sections of the text include a series of structured group activities that instructors can adapt for their in-person or online courses.

The Evidence Base

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This interactive element on the CBE Life Sciences Education resource allows you to “zoom in” on what the literature tells us about each of the listed attributes of group work.

Resources for Facilitating Group Work

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