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Joe Murphy

Tips for Addressing Social Loafing in Group Projects - 1 views

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    The student who isn't pulling their weight (and even the fear of that student) can be a major obstacle for group work. This article has some concrete tips for reducing the ability of a group member to coast. I particularly like the options which encourage you to prioritize and teach group process.
Joe Murphy

How to effectively co-teach with another academic - 1 views

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    4 great questions to ask when you consider team-teaching a course, with 4 great lessons drawn from the authors' experience.
Alex Alderman

Students' Best Tech Resource: The Teacher - 0 views

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    The author outlines modeling, collaboration, and reflection strategies for integrating a new technology resource into an existing course.
Alex Alderman

Arranging Groups for Group Projects | Just Visiting - 0 views

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    The author proposes an innovative solution to small group assignment for a collaborative project. First, students create a resume sharing their interests, skills, and views on group work. Then, students provide the instructor with a short list of their most (and least) compatible partners.
Joe Murphy

Collaboration or Cheating: What Are the Distinctions? - 1 views

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    I was struck by the role of assumptions about collaboration and academic honesty in this piece.
Joe Murphy

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning - 0 views

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    So you've decided to "free up" some class time by using technology differently in your class. What then? This article gives interesting examples of increasing group work in a "blended" classroom, and the kind of environment which supports independent but collaborative learning.
Joe Murphy

A Simple Exercise to Strengthen Emotional Intelligence in Teams - 0 views

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    One of the benefits of group work could be learning to negotiate different expectations about work styles in a group. Recognizing that up front, instead of 3/4ths of the way through the project when the wheels come off, might help students learn better in collaboration, and feel better about group work.

    I've seen exercises like this used in leadership or "team-building" exercises - there's no reason this activity wouldn't work with a committee or department.
Joe Murphy

Grading Group Work - 2 views

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    What are your opinions on grading group work? How do you balance formative and summative comments, group and individual grades, your grading and intra-group feedback?
Joe Murphy

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful - 0 views

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    The idea of "project-based learning" is appealing to many people, but open-ended group inquiry also carries a number of risks. This article makes a number of suggestions for ways PBL can be improved.
Joe Murphy

Stop Blaming Students for Your Listless Classroom - 0 views

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    A review of the book "Minds On Fire", which discusses "subversive play" as an engaging pedagogy. Part 3 in a series on the "Reacting to the Past" series of "role-immersion" games; the other 2 entries are linked from this one.
Joe Murphy

How Students Learn From Games - 3 views

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    A description of the Reacting to the Past educational role-playing game. This article talks about the mechanics of running a Reacting to the Past game in class; it links to a previous article in the series in which the author describes his experience playing the game.
Joe Murphy

Promoting Deep Learning - 0 views

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    This paper gives good examples of ways to get students to work with course material in ways which lead to more complete and lasting understanding, instead of the surface acquisition of facts. Most of the activities listed are team activities.
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    This paper gives good examples of ways to get students to work with course material in ways which lead to more complete and lasting understanding, instead of the surface acquisition of facts. Most of the activities listed are team activities.
Joe Murphy

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching - A.J. Juliani - 0 views

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    Any one of these principles could be a guiding statement for an interesting course. Do you actually have to do all 10 of them? I'd argue not, although many do go hand in hand.
Joe Murphy

Group Testing-taking Options to Consider - 0 views

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    "Collaboration reduces test anxiety" and "in most professional contexts, if you need an answer, consulting with others is almost always an option." How and why might you encourage students to practice collaborative skills in the traditionally isolated environment of a test or quiz?
Jason Bennett

Two-stage exams promote collaborative learning and formative assessment | Teaching Commons - 1 views

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    The authors describe a simple two-stage exam method used in the physics department at the University of British Columbia. Two-stage exams provide an engaging collaborative learning opportunity which very effectively increases student mastery of the material.
Joe Murphy

Better Group Work Experiences Begin with How the Groups Are Formed | Faculty Focus - 0 views

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    Students tend to hate group work, and I've come to believe it's because we have an unrealistically high expectation of students' skills at working in a group. Walking the students through the skills which the group task requires, and accurate assessment of their abilities and team composition, seems like a good step in teaching students what group work will be like in the working world (as well as positioning the students for success at the course work).
Joe Murphy

Watering the Roots of Knowledge Through Collaborative Learning - 0 views

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    An interesting approach to the way an institution's design affects the kind of education it delivers. Considering Kenyon's ongoing consideration of general education requirements, I'll exerpt here the last paragraph as a prompt for discussion:

    "General education is often thought of as a means to expose students to a broad range of "essential" knowledge and to provide a historical context for the culture in which they live. These are valid, but insufficient, goals. The purpose of general education should be to produce graduates who are skilled in communication, imbued with quantitative reasoning skills, instinctively collaborative, inherently transdisciplinary in their approach to problems, and engaged in their local and global communities-broadly educated individuals with an informed perspective on the problems of the 21st century and the integrative abilities to solve them."
Joe Murphy

Why a 17th-Century Text Is the Perfect Starting Point for Reinventing the Book - Rebecc... - 1 views

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    A new iOS app designed by faculty at Bryn Mawr and Notre Dame integrates the text of The Tempest with critical commentary, different actors' interpretations of critical scenes, and class discussions. The "book app" seems to be diverging in important ways from the "e-book."
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