Group projects can help students learn important skills they will need in the professional world and can be:

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

Tips for Faculty

  • 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

Here is a brief video providing some additional tips regarding groups:

Tools within Canvas

Some useful tools include:

  • Announcements
  • Team Pages
  • Discussions
  • File sharing
  • Conferences
  • Collaborations

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.

Leverage the Groups Tool

Groups are a small version of a course and used as a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments.

See the Groups section of the Canvas Instructor Guide for ways to use this tool. Some of the topics include:

  • Add a group
  • View all groups
  • Manually and automatically create groups
  • View activity
  • Adding students to groups


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