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GROUP ASSIGNMENT


Alternative terms: group project

What is it?

The central focus of group assignments is collaboration between one or more students with the objective of realising a specified result.

Three types of collaboration are defined:

  • Short-term, informal assignments in a physical or digital environment. For example: discussion of a particular subject or case study, evaluation of a video, giving each other feedback, inventory of possible solutions.
  • Informal study groups: students who prepare together for a test by motivating each other to study the content and attend the lectures, asking each other questions, giving tips, searching for information, explaining difficult topics etc.
  • Formal group assignments that must be completed within a set period of time. Formal assignments can be divided into more subject-oriented assignments such as performing calculations, discussing an article or giving a lesson about a particular subject, and more professionally oriented assignments such as devising a concept, drafting a recommendation, creating a product or demonstrating a professional skill or activity. Group assignments can be conducted in the form of a project assignment (see Project Assignment section).

This only relates to formal group assignments conducted as summative testing formats, not as part of the learning process (formative testing). The learning process can be included in the summative testing.

What is tested?

Group assignments test your command of skills such as cooperation, investigation, analysis, decision making, application, design, presentation, advice, implementation, evaluation and improvement.

How will I be tested?

  • Assessment will be conducted to determine whether or not you possess the complex skill in question, based on one or more individual contributions you have made.
  • The group performance is also assessed.
  • The final mark is an individual assessment, with the group assessment counting towards this mark

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the process.

  • If 'cooperation' is an important educational objective of the group assignment, the examiner can assess this based on:
    - Your contribution during the interim physical or virtual meetings.
    - Anonymous evaluation of the group members by the group members.
    - Individual reports relating to the learning process (learning reports, reflection reports, process book, log book).
  • For the assessment of large group assignments and components of theassignment, two examiners are appointed.

What feedback will I receive?

  • For small assignments, you will receive an explanation of the assessment together with your assessment results.
  • For large assignments, you will receive interim feedback on your work, for example, via a first draft of the work on which you will receive feedback from the lecturer and/or fellow students, and a final version.
  • For the assessment of the final version, you will be given a written explanation of the assessment based on the rubrics in the assessment framework (see Testing Cycle: Assessment).

How do you prepare for the test?

  • Study the handbook, attend the introductory meeting and check DLWO for instructions.
  • • Investigate the following aspects:
    * What are the educational objectives?
    * What is the individual assignment and what is the group assignment?
    * What are the requirements that the individual and the group assignment must comply with? (specifications)
    * What are the assessment criteria for the individual result?
    * What are the assessment criteria for the group result?
    * How will I be assessed?
    * What will earn me a passing/failing mark?
    * How is the mark determined?
    * What supervision can I expect?
    * Schedules and deadlines

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