NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Spark Collaboration Course
When assigning group work you can assign groups to learners or allow them to choose their own groups. Research has shown motivation is higher when students select their own groups, and many students prefer this method. However, there are benefits to selecting groups: encourages learners to work with new people they don’t normally interact with, increases the diversity of thought, and strategically makes groups heterogeneous. When deciding on a grouping strategy, think about which will be the best for the goals of the group work and use a variety of different grouping strategies over time.
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