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One of the difficulties with group projects is finding a strategy for getting all members of the group to make a fair contribution to the group project, and finding a way to identify and appropriately assess that contribution. How do you determine that one student has worked hard and pulled his/her weight while another has made very little contribution to the team? And perhaps more importantly, how do you encourage all of the members of a group to put in their fair share of the effort?
I used three different student-generated measures to assess contribution, with peer assessment and instructor feedback to encourage full participation in the project.
For the first two of these, I asked the students to submit their responses every 2 or 3 weeks, according to a schedule that was given in the course syllabus, using a web form I set up for the purpose. On the form, I asked two questions:
Q1. Please indicate how well you feel each team member is contributing to the overall group project.
Q2. Please indicate how well you feel each team member is carrying out his/her “primary responsibilities”.
The students were first asked to give a rating on a 7-point Likert scale (explained at the bottom of the form) answering each of the two questions for each member of the team, including themselves. Then they were asked to write comments on why they gave the scores they gave, and their suggestions on what ought be done differently.
After all the students had entered their responses into the web. which recorded them in my database, I ran a Microsoft Access application to review their scores and comments, and record my feedback comments. Then I did a merge to email and sent each student a progress update along with the specific comments I had recorded for them in my database. Here is the Access screen corresponding to the web form, showing comments I entered for this student.
I used the scores the students assign to make up a certain part of each student's grade, but I knew there was sometimes a tendency to just award everyone in the team the maximum score of 7, regardless of how well they were performing. So I used several mechanisms in an attempt to overcome this tendency.
Created: Tuesday, February 20, 2000 04:55 PM
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