Come Together, Right Now, Over...? Motivating And Teaching Collaboration

  • Marshall Warren Yin (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Many of the undergraduate courses we teach require collaborative work - group papers, team video production, small group discussions, etc. Some of these can even have an indirect or direct bearing on the outcome of their assessed work, so the stakes can be quite high. For example, if a teammate under-performs, the grade can be lowered and each group member usually receives the same grade. As teachers, we sometimes assume students know how to and are willing to collaborate. But, from experience, that is not always the case. So how can we convince students that collaboration is worthwhile and not teachers shirking their duties? In what ways can we instruct and educate students on best practices in group work? In this demonstration I will share some quick and easy ways that I motivate students to take seriously their group work, not just for a grade, but more importantly for learning valuable social skills that can be applied to their personal and professional lives. These are designed to NOT take a long time so as to supplement what you normally do in your classes. Evidence of the effectiveness of this will be presented via data from surveys and interviews with students.
Period8 Jan 202110 Jan 2021
Held atThe University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • motivation
  • collaboration
  • teamwork
  • ESL
  • Teaching