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How can we ensure individual students pass all learning goals in group work?

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Collaboration and peer-learning is helpful for students working in projects. However they often divide tasks and don't learn all the necessary content. Even individual assignments are a challenge as answers can be shared easily e.g. via social media. How to ensure students learns what is required?

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How to prepare for the challenge?

Here is some background about the course: The course for this challenge is named Ship Constructions. Students need to learn how a steel ship needs to be build. The students need to learn the theoretical background, the vocubulary and need to apply this knowledge to an authentic environment: the ship.

Why is it important to find a solution to this challenge?

We teach in group projects to provide skills in (Interdisciplinary) collaboration, required for any future in engineering. However, students are very efficient and divide the tasks between them. This leads to missing out on crucial information. It’s like a catch 22, to achieve one learning goal, we cannot achieve another learning goal.

What is the possible impact of a good solution?

If this solution works very well for the course at TU Delft than it is possible to scale it up and implement it in more group-work related courses. We improve the quality of our education and ensure all students achieve all desired learning goals.

What is the expected outcome of this challenge?

It is more easily to identify what it should not be; a classical exam. A self-learning project approach is preferable as it offers multiple ways to the information students are required to retain. It is possible to make a part of the project individual, use quizzes or gamification solutions, but also a project set-up that ensures information exchange can be seen as a solution. Basically any approach that ensures a broader knowledge retainment without extra effort for the staff is valid.

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