by Liudmila Khalitova
Ph.D. student, University of Florida
Group projects have many advantages for students as well as for instructors.
Students have an opportunity to learn more working people, decrease their individual work load sharing it with other students, and develop collaboration and communication skills which are essential for their future work.
Instructors can assign more complex tasks and reduce the number of final projects to grade.
However, sometimes group work can be very challenging. In this post I will address those challenges and give some tips on how to minimize the costs of group projects.
by Seul Lee
PhD student, University of Florida
Group projects are important for students majoring in advertising, public relations, journalism and telecommunication because those industries require a higher level of cooperation. If structured well, group projects can promote important intellectual and social skills and can help students prepare for work world in advance.
Group projects are distinguished from group activities in that group projects are more likely to be long-term-based and require group product(s), such as a written report, a presentation, a design work, or a paper.
Positive group experiences contribute to develop skills specific to collaborative efforts and to have a field experience with real-world clients. However, there are often typical problematic group members, such as a free rider, a dictator, the do-it-all, the procrastinator, the socializer, the academically poor student, the quiet student, and/or the complainer.