We describe and evaluate a collaborative learning activity that was implemented in several physics classes in different university engineering programs. The activity consisted of two assignments for groups of about five, where students find a common set of solutions to a given number of problems. The setup of the activity is described some of the pitfalls of group work are addressed and how we tried to overcome them and our experience gained. Based on student passing rates, the course evaluations and our own observations we conclude that the group assignment provided a powerful learning experience with positive effects on the student performance, attitudes and interpersonal relationships.


Delicious treats will be provided. All welcome!


About Teaching and learning seminars

Our teaching and learning seminars focus on innovations and projects that are underway in teaching mathematics, statistics and physics at UQ and other institutions.

We discuss the hot issues, and hear from people who are trying out new things.

Over the past 10 years many new ideas have been generated, collaborations made both within and across disciplines, and teaching grant proposals designed, submitted and received.

Students, staff and visitors to UQ are welcome to attend, and to suggest speakers and topics.

Seminars are usually held fortnightly on Wednesdays from 1pm to 1.50pm.

Venue

Parnell Building #7
Room: 
326