Group work and reading skills: online resources

IN the United Kingdom, there are some interesting centralized projects that support teaching and learning in higher education.

I came across a blog posting the other day that highlights an OER (Open Educational Repository), and that highlights two particularly good resources.

The first is a series of 10 mini-episodes to follow group work: it’s success’ and difficulties. Group work is a popular form of assessment and evaluation at the university, but what kind of support do we provide to understand and support the group formation process? Do our instructions to students focus on the content, and not the group process?

Intriguingly, there is also a reading skills tutorial, with self-assessments and quizzes to help student identify their skill level, and where they could use more help. Faculty and instructors have commented to me in the past that they find their students’ writing skills to be insufficient. At SFU we have some great resources through the Learning Commons – this link is simply another tool.


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