Full course description

Course Date:

Starts Jul 25, 2016




6 hrs/total


Access to Google docs

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Have you ever been frustrated with group work? Maybe you were the student who always carried the group when others slacked off. Or maybe there were scheduling conflicts that prevented group members from collaborating effectively.

Why do we "break" into groups anyway? Maybe a better way to think about group work is to "unbreak" into groups. This course will provide educators with strategies for developing, implementing, and assessing student group work.


  • Identify the need for group work in education (and beyond).
  • Address challenges to group work in education.
  • Investigate strategies for group work using various online tools.

Course Instructors

Amy Skyles

Amy Skyles


Amy Skyles is employed by Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) as an instructional designer. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Missouri S&T and a Master’s of Education from Drury University. Skyles is also certified as an online educator by the University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou Online). She has been in the field of education since 2002 as a junior high school teacher, adjunct instructor for multiple institutions, and instructional designer.