TEA-LP Webinar: Assessing Groupwork
The TEA-LP project team delivered another curriculum design webinar, this time focussing on the assessment of groupwork, as part of our ongoing virtual technical assistance to partner universities, in lieu of the third face‑to‑face workshop that could not take place this year.
The TEA-LP partners’ Employer Needs Assessments, concluded in the early part of 2020, unanimously identified the ability to work effectively with peers in a team environment as an essential soft skill required in almost every area of the professional energy access field. As such, teamwork skills are included in the MSc programme-level outcomes of all TEA-LP programmes. These learning outcomes are also further disaggregated in various courses and modules within the programmes.
Assessing the skill of groupwork – i.e. of a student’s ability to work effectively in a team – is arguably more complex than it would initially seem. In traditional higher education settings, the lecturer might give the class a groupwork assignment; the class would divide or be divided into groups, go off and complete the assignment, and the lecturer would then grade the product of that assignment – whether it be a group report, poster, design, etc. However, whilst the product might reflect the result of the group’s collective efforts, it does not necessarily illustrate the process of how the students actually interacted and worked together on the project.