How do I assess students’ collective output for an online group task?

There are many approaches to creating, facilitating, assessing and providing feedback on tasks that involve group work.

The LMS provides tools to support these different approaches. For example, you can determine the method of arranging students into groups. Subject coordinators and/or tutors can place students into groups manually, or they can be arranged randomly, or students can sign-up themselves, making the decision on which group they would like to join.

The LMS also supports the grading and feedback of group tasks, which can be a final product submitted by all individuals within a group, or collectively as a group. In cases where students need to receive feedback on the process of working as a group, the LMS provides a suite of tools that makes this possible. When a group is created, a dedicated area in the LMS is provided for that group, in which group members can create and collaborate on pages and discussions. Subject coordinators are also able to view this progress, and communicate with each group.

For the purpose of grading, assignments and discussions can be set up as group tasks. Options are also available to provide individualised marks for members of each group, or a single mark shared across all members of that group. Using SpeedGrader in the LMS, you can easily access a group’s submission, provide a grade for the that group, and send comments to the whole group. Alternatively, you can view a group submission and provide individual grading for each member of that group.

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.
  • Enables 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

  • SpeedGrader in the LMS makes it easy to provide feedback to all members of a group, or to individual members in a group.

Support and resources

If you wish to assess students on the process of their group work rather than the product, see assessing students' input in online group tasks.

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 Feedback Fruits pilot.


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