Strengthening Formative Training in Group Writing Project Design

Event Date & Time

  • June 7, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

In this workshop, we will discuss how we prepared students for a successful group writing assignment in a classroom of 60 students and how it helped improve student academic communication skills, without putting extra burden on the instructor or students. To address the challenges of group writing projects, such as uneven division of labour, we suggest the following strategies: Introducing various modes of working in a group (such as collaborative vs. co-operative division of work), developing recommendations that help students effectively divide tasks, guiding students build up a positive relationship and interdependence among group members.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to: list several benefits and challenges in group work, design strategies for providing instructor feedback, customize their own work plan for group writing projects within their own classroom context. The workshop benefits instructors in any discipline who are interested in improving student academic writing skills through group work.


  • Xiaowen Xu, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Asian Studies
  • Trish Varao-Sousa, Evaluation and Research Consultant, CTLT
  • Bosung Kim, Educational Consultant: Learning Design, CTLT

This event will be online on Zoom.