Group work and team-based learning are essential teaching tools that provide the opportunity for students to practice and expand upon the concepts learned in lectures and reading assignments. Although there are many benefits to group assessment, there are many challenges, especially in the form of social loafers or free-riders who take advantage of the group setting and benefit from the hard work of others. The presence of social loafers in a group can have a negative impact on a group dynamic, create tension within a group, and ultimately prevent other group members from obtaining the learning objectives of the assessment. In this session, participants explore the benefits and challenges of group work, the underlying causes of social loafing, and strategies that can be implemented to discourage social loafing in team-based assessments. The ultimate goal is to encourage participants to include team-based learning in course design and learn how to structure the assessment to minimize the opportunity for social loafing.
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"Discouraging Social Loafing During Team-Based Assessments,"
Teaching Innovation Projects: Vol. 3
, Article 13.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/tips/vol3/iss1/13