Checklist for working in groups

What is the purpose of the task/project?

  • What are you supposed to you learn?
  • What skills should you train and develop?
  • What parts of the course is the assignment based on?
  • What is it leading to?

What are you expected to do?

  • What should the results look like?
  • How big should it be?
  • Does it resemble anything you have done before or does it have unique components?

What does the assessment/evaluation look like?

  • What criteria will be used when assessing/examining?
  • What does a passed result or a passed with credit result look like?
  • Does everything depend on a group report?
  • How will individual efforts be assessed?
  • What happens if not all members pull their own weight?

What deadlines are there?

  • When should the final version of the result be submitted?
  • What happens if you do not submit by then?
  • Are there other deadlines, such as the date of a presentation?

What are the instructions?

  • Are you allowed to or should you collaborate with other teams?
  • What will the results look like by the end of your group work?
  • Is there an overall idea during the work?

How do you plan your work?

  • Have you discussed and agreed on the rules in your team (Contract for group work)?
  • How often do you meet and how is the documentation done?
  • Do you alternate the roles of Chair, Secretary, Timekeeper?
  • Do you agree on what to do?
  • When it should be done?
  • Who should do it?
  • How do you follow up the work?

Inspired by G. Gibbs (1994) Learning in Teams. A Student Manual (Oxford Brookes University)

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