This youtube video shows a winning group project from computer science undergraduates from Cambridge University.
Earlier this year our eldest son had to take part in a group assessment at Edinburgh University. It involved him working with others to complete a joint project. The outcome was assessed and the result forms part of his assessment profile for the year.
It set me to thinking about the potential of using formal group assessment in schools. If it’s seen to be good enough for universities then there should certainly be no problem using it in schools. I’m not just talking here about the occasional project in S1 or S2 but using this approach in the formal certificated curriulum in the upper school as a part of a mixed assessment model.
Here’s how it’s described by the Higher Education Academy:
Group work has become increasingly important in higher education with the greater emphasis on skills and lifelong learning. We want students not only to be effective during their studies but also as future employees.
However, group work is often introduced in a hurry, can be unsupported and assessed without thinking through the consequences for both the student and the tutor. The following resources will provide a firm foundation for ensuring group work to be effective and a positive learning experience.
Introduction to group work is a complex process, it is therefore advisable to consider the many different aspects involved – Planning, establishing groups, assessing and evaluating etc.
The resources below cover the following areas, using groups, group roles, stages of development, group size, group formation, preparing students for group work, managing group processes, assessing group work, evaluating and reviewing and pedagogical and ethical issues.
- Group work and Group Assessment, Victoria University of Wellington (pdf 1.7M) 2)
- Assessing learning in Australian universities; (pdf 387 KB)
- Assessing Group Tasks, The University of Queensland (pdf 208 KB)
- Group Assessment, University of Essex
- Assessing group-work, Michael Christie and Fariba Ferdos (pdf 151 KB)
Peer assessment of group work: a review of the literature
This review may be of interest to those involved in peer assessment of group work. Numerous recommendations are made for the peer assessment community and the Web Peer Assessment (WebPA) project. The review comes with a references table (available to download) which highlights over 30 references with key themes and findings for each. For further information, please follow the link below: