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How to develop and assess students’ competences for group learning and teamwork

A CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON LEARNING AND INNOVATION (CRLI) WORKSHOP

19 May 2017Register online

Communication and collaboration competences are mentioned prominently amongst the graduate attributes of the University of Sydney. They are also listed as essential skills on job descriptions worldwide. However, how to systematically develop such competences remains largely unspecified, and how to assess them is a matter of widespread and contentious discussion.

In this workshop, instead of providing ready-made solutions that can be too generic to be directly applied to discipline-specific teaching, we aim to collectively develop a number of educational design patterns. These patterns will provide answers to two guiding questions:

  • how to develop collaboration competences
  • how to assess them for formative purposes, so that students can be provided with feedback.

As first suggested in architecture (Alexander, 1979), a pattern describes an effective solution to a recurrent problem embedded in a specific context. In education, where solutions take the form of learning designs, we speak of pedagogical design patterns and of assessment design patterns.

Professor Peter Reimann and his group at the CRLI propose to demonstrate in this workshop that design patterns are a useful basis for basis for initiating and sustaining a process of continuous improvement and innovation, as well an appropriate means for documenting current teaching and assessment practices. Particpants will be shown how patterns are descriptive and have the potential to guide knowledgeable action but in order to achieve these aims they need to be developed in a participatory manner involving all stakeholders. Capturing the multiple areas of expertise available from groups of learners can lead to the development of new practices. To this end, after the workshop, Professor Reimann will provide an online platform where the patterns identified in the workshop will be made available for further refinement.

University teaching staff interested in developing undergraduates' collaboration, communication and leadership will benefit from this workshop.

Event details

  • When: 1–5pm

  • Where: Room 221, The Educational Design Research Studio, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free but bookings are essential because places are limited.

  • Contact: Ling Wu
    T: +61 8627 5770
    E: ling.wu@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker Peter Reimann is Professor of Education at Sydney School of Education and Social Work and co-director of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) at the University of Sydney, (formerly the CoCo Research Centre). He is involved in European-Commission-funded projects in IT research and development for learning. Professor Reimann's research areas include cognitive learning with a focus on educational computing and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. His current research includes the analysis of individual and group problem solving/learning processes and possible support by means of ICT, as well as analysis of the use of mobile IT in informal learning settings such as parks and museums.

How to develop and assess students’ competences for group learning and teamwork

Where Room 221, The Educational Design Research Studio, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

19 May 2017


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