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Facilitating Group Learning in IT Higher Education

Facilitating Group Learning in IT Higher Education
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Author(s): Libby Hobson (University of South Australia, Australia) and Carmen Joham (University of South Australia, Australia)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 2
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch150
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

With the increased use of teams within organisations to disseminate knowledge and work collaboratively on projects, educators need to look closely at how they can improve student outcomes by facilitating group learning. The use of group projects prepares students for the workplace of tomorrow where they will encounter having to collaborate successfully in teams. This paper describes how groups are formed and provides a number of ways to improve this process. The paper then draws on the instructors’ reflections on field work undertaken while delivering a number of courses and goes on to develop the findings into an instructor impact contribution model on group learning. Even though some of the outcomes from this research may appear to be obvious, they can be of assistance as a reminder to those teaching in the educational field.

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