In this “Collaboration” course for trainee teachers, students work together in groups to develop relevant pedagogical skills. The goal of this program is to give teachers-in-training experiences and activities to be able to better understand their students through a collaborative process.
Teaching teachers requires a different sort of education. Rather than providing content to be understood, teachers must experience the act of learning itself and be able to reflect on it, so they can better assist their students with the learning process. The instructor chose to use the Group Member Evaluation tool as it allows a straightforward overview of how students reflect on and rate each other’s progress throughout the course.
Throughout the course students work with each other on various skills and activities related to collaborative learning and pedagogy. Firstly, student-teacher groups use a digital game, “Team Up”. Team Up is a game in which participants are dropped onto a deserted island and search for the Tree of Life, overcoming various obstacles and challenges. Using their experiences of the game, individual teams create their own set of criteria for success in collaboration. These criteria are used for the rest of the course, allowing students an opportunity to set goals and benchmarks themselves.
Further along during the course students use Group Member Evaluation to give feedback to other members of their group on teamwork skills based on a 3-point rubric. After giving and receiving feedback, students write a short reflection, addressing and substantiating these points in a couple of paragraphs titled, “what I learned”. All of this happens within the platform.
"I would definitely recommend FeedbackFruits’ Group Member Evaluation tool because it provides such a clear oversight of the development of students’ progress." - Instructor
The activity can be turned from formative to a summative by including the “configurable grading” module. This allows the instructor to manually allocate points for completing each step, including for example writing a reflection of a certain length. Using this, a quantitative score can be given to each student based on their performance within the activity.
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