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Effective Group Work Strategies (K-12/HE) is a Course

Effective Group Work Strategies (K-12/HE)



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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.

Target Audience: Higher Ed Instructors, K-12 Instructors, Instructional Designers.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with word processing using Google docs. Specific skills include creating new documents, editing existing documents, manipulating documents based on revision history, and using the comments feature.

Participants must have Google account for accessing and modifying Google docs. This is a free account and can be accessed by anyone with a gmail address or Google Apps for Education. Visit (links to an external site.) to create your free account.

Previous experience using online survey creation tools is recommended (Canvas, Survey Monkey, Google Forms, etc.).

Course is offered by the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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.

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