Although we all likely use collaboration naturally in our classes, for collaborative projects to be truly High Impact, there need to be a few intentionally designed elements:
HIPS Collaborative Projects can be achieved in two basic formats at PPCC: a group project or a study group.
Design for Collaborative Projects
1. Decide on the student learning outcomes you want to emphasize through a project. Also decide on project ideas that best fit your course.
2. Design the group project in phases, like these problem-solving steps
3. Give students choices, like team roles, topics, presentation style.
4. Include some individual components, like reflective questions or researched facts.
5. Schedule time for group set up, work, and reflection.
Design for a Collaborative Study Group
Source: http://www.mspguide.org/tool/tuckman-forming-norming-storming-performing; Okpalad, based on Tuckman and Jensen (1977)
This page provides an overview - along with tools, discussion, prompts, and other resources - to help faculty develop Collaborative Projects and Assignments coursework.
Example Collaborative Assignments
Below you will find several examples of collaborative project assignments that have been used in PPCC courses. These samples may include: assignment descriptions and details, grading rubric examples, examples of team/peer and individual project evaluation, and examples of student papers/projects. Included next to each example is the instructor who developed the assignment and the course in which it originated.
End Lunch Shaming (Andrea Ulrich for HWE100 - Human Nutrition)
This can be used for guidance when adapting the Collaborative Project Team Packet for your own course.
Misuse of Graphics Group Project (Karen Summerson for MAT 135)
Adaptable Math Collaborative Assignment
Food Insecurity at PPCC - Small Group Project (Ann Cushman for MAT 125)
Student entrepreneur Kalie Baker and her team arranged a trial launch of mobile Aspen Market Cafe (pictured) in Fall 2018. Various members of the PPCC faculty/staff community, including Betsy Tuma, Patricia Diawara, Matthew Valdez, Warren Epstein, and Matt Radcliffe provided advice and support for the project.
Coffee and best-selling muffins were "carted" to strategic locations on campus. Kali and Heather have agreed to continue to work together into the Spring of 2019.
“I was lucky enough to have more than a couple classes where we did group work, where the outcomes of our projects made a real-world difference.” -A student describes the value of opportunities to network, prepare career paths, and demonstrate learning through community projects.
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