Strategies for learning and teaching
Group assessment tasks are critical for students to develop skills essential to their professional environments. Online team work can be used for development of communication, collaboration and social skills. Groups of students can be guided to develop something together, or improve their understanding of key topics through debate. There are numerous tools available to support group activities in an online environment, such as document sharing tools, synchronous chats, wikis, blogs, e-mail and asynchronous discussion forums.
Wikis, Blogs and Journals can be restricted to members of a group and, when graded, gives all members of the group receive the same grade. Wikis also allow you to view a participation summary for all individuals in the group.
The group discussion board is available only to group members, not to the entire subject. Unlike other graded group activities, when you set a group discussion board to graded, each member is graded independently of other group members.
Group assignments can be created and released to one or more groups within your subject. Each group submits one collaborative assignment and all members receive the same grade. You can create a single assignment and assign it to all groups, or create several unique assignments and assign them to individual groups. Only you and the members in a group have access to the assignment.