6 Ways to create meaningful teamwork experiences through an LMS

How many times per day do students hear the phrase “get in groups/pair up”? Chances are that no matter the subject, they are told to collaborate quite frequently. In fact, even in popular kids or teen TV shows, the group project is used as a catalyst for interaction between characters.

Plenty of examples can be found from Boy Meets World and Dawson’s Creek to Gilmore Girls. The popular kid has to work with the new kid. Best friends do not get to work together on an assignment. It is a TV trope that writers love to use, along with the Cram School and School of No Studying. Let’s call it the Dreaded Collaboration Project (you heard it from me first!).

The Dreaded Collaboration Project has all the elements of a good cliche: the student that does all the work, the slacker, the one that talks a lot (but does not do anything), the anxious one, and of course, that one student that only shows up at the end, mostly unprepared. Hilarious antics ensue.

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