From today's Chronicle of Higher Education:
"STUDENTS GIVE GROUP ASSIGNMENTS A FAILING GRADE
At a conference on teaching at colleges on Saturday,
three undergraduates made a plea: No more group
assignments -- not unless they will be graded fairly. . ."
The conference in question is the sixth annual Teaching Professor conference, an event sponsored by Magna Publications, a Wisconsin publisher of higher-education newsletters.
Of course the problem is (right, everyone?) that those darn ol' instructors just don't know how to design group projects well.
The article cites a 2004 paper in the Journal of Student Centered Learning entitled “Turning Student Groups Into Effective Teams,” suggesting that students rate the “team citizenship” of each member of their group, and that those ratings in turn be used to help determine each student’s individual grade.
Yeah right. Now that sure sounds like an improvement, doesn't it?