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Group projects help students learn real-world skills and can be:

  • Used across all modalities
  • Rewarding or frustrating for students depending on how they are facilitated

Tips to Facilitate Groups

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  • Emphasize the importance of teamwork
  • Underscore the positive and negative aspects of working within a group
  • Understand not all students have training on how to be a good group member
  • Teach team skills at the beginning of the project

  • Provide adequate time to be successful for the project
  • Use peer review for quality assurance within the group
  • Require check-ins for the students
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Tools within Canvas

The Group area within Canvas includes valuable features for your students. Some useful tools include:

You may find it helpful to give them a little bit of a tour of the group area and help them to navigate the different tools so that they can be successful using those tools within Canvas.


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