Supervising Group Work

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

Course description

Supervising group work is a challenging task. When should you intervene as a supervisor and when should you leave your students get on with things? When should you "take your students by the hand" and when should you "let them learn the hard way"? There is no simple answer to these questions; it depends on the experience, previous knowlegde and skills, composition and dynamic of the group.

In this 2-day course you will learn how to improve group performance and reduce free-riding, by getting all your students active and committed to the task at hand. You will practice with different stages of group development and corresponding roles of a supervisor. Topics as assigning team roles, team communication, (shared) leadership, structuring peer feedback, discussion techniques and cultural differences are also addressed. This course is meant for coaches or teachers who teach a course where group collaboration is an explicit part of the course. 


You will receive background material of the models and theories of groupwork in a (digital) course binder.


You will be awarded your certificate of attendance at the end of day 2.


Participation is free for Wageningen University & Research staff involved in teaching WU courses.