Understanding Small-Group Dynamics and Encouraging the Innovation of Ideas

Small-group activities are a vital tool for educators because they provide dynamic peer-teaching moments, foster collaboration and provide community. However, small-groups can hinder student growth if not properly monitored. This session aims to create an understanding of how small-group dynamics can affect or disaffect the free flow of ideas. As such, we will analyze an example of a small-group activity that was administered in a Freshman Seminar course at Kennesaw State University. Strategies in which educators can effectively assess group dynamics and help students learn to be proactive collaborators will also be discussed.

Session Speaker(s)

Session Time and Location

9:00am to 9:25am

Session Format

25 minute presentation

Session Track

Teaching and Learning