How do I assess student's input into online group tasks?

Online group tasks offer a range of opportunities for students to engage collaboratively with their peers, and to demonstrate their contribution to a team.

A common challenge occurs, however, in determining the level of contribution of each individual student and issues of fairness.

Canvas offers a range of tools to ensure groups members can communicate effectively with each other and their facilitators. These tools also provide useful analytics that show how individual members have engaged with activities within Canvas.

The Pages tool in Canvas works similarity to a wiki page where content can be contributed to a page by each student in the group, and those contributions can be tracked and presented visually in Analytics view.

The group Discussion tool can also be used to assess students group work, where the members a group can communicate with each other using the tool. Canvas Pages and Discussions allow students to also upload files, embed videos, or other types of media.

What are the advantages?

For students

  • Student group/collaborative work is stored safely and does not rely on a particular student's hardware.
  • A collaborative document tool provides a way to organise group work and version control.
  • Online group tasks enable all group participants to contribute regardless of distance/barriers from campus and is shown to further enable 'shy' students to contribute.
  • Students can learn from each other and create communities of inquiry, developing workplace skills and teamwork ethic.

For educators

  • Canvas SpeedGrader isolates each student’s comments from the thread and combines them into one easily readable view for grading.
  • Teaching staff can gain insight into how students view the assignment.

Support and resources

If you wish to assess students on the product of their group work rather than the process, see assessing students’ collective output from an online group task.

For more complex group assessment needs, including students providing grades on how members of their group performed within the team and contributed to a task, please contact Learning Environments about the FeedbackFruits pilot.

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