The group contract : a new approach to managing common problems found in group work

Sakellariou, Evy (2020) The group contract : a new approach to managing common problems found in group work. In: Festival of Learning 2020; 23 Jun 2020, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)


The key outcomes of the application of the Group Contract innovative pedagogical tool have been:  Eliminating student complaints due to group assignments in KBS PG and UG modules  Enhancing professional practice at the KBS level The main beneficiaries are:  The KBS PG and UG students  The KBS teaching staff This approach has addressed successfully the longstanding systemic problems associated with group learning work in formative and summative assessments in HE. In the L4, 5, 6, and 7 modules which have adopted this tool, the complaints due to the group work have been zero (n=0) and student opportunity to participate equally in the assessments has been enhanced. Student experience during group work was very positive and all students had the opportunity to contribute and communicate because of the Group Contract: “Delegated work was equally distributed and everyone knew their roles. Good communication was very important ensuring all members were kept in the loop”. “Worked well and efficiently in the end. Good communication led diligently by team assignment coordinator. Now very happy with our group and ahead of our internal schedule” (Student reflections). The Group Contract champions have applied the tool in multiple ways: The Group Contract has been embedded in the marking scheme The Group Contract has been part of the personal tutor supporting tools The Group Contract has been used as point of reference in collective critical reflection (following the completion of the group assignment) Canvas Groups and Discussion features have enabled the smooth progression for the development of the Group contract in the online deliveries The adoption of the Group Contract has resulted in a very positive staff experience during work assignments (staff mails & presentations): “No group dispute post submission of group presentation and report: the first time in 7 years!” “In general, a positive experience!” “Small number of conflicts resolved by referring back to the rules of the contract”. “I have never had any complaints about group contracts in the SSCC/BoS meetings”

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