Designing Collaborative Learning Activities in a Physics Course
Paper in proceedings, 2017

The short paper describes and evaluates a collaborative learning activity that was implemented in four physics classes in different university programs. The activity consisted of two assignments for groups of four to seven, where students find a common set of solutions to a given number of problems. After a short introduction of collaborative learning and the related literature, we present the setup of the activity and particularly address some of the pitfalls of group work, how we tried to overcome them and our experience gained. Based on student passing rates, the course evaluations and our own observations we conclude that the group assignment provided a powerful learning experience with positive effects on the student performance, attitudes and interpersonal relationships.

Group learning

Collaborative problem-solving

Group work

Collaborative Learning

Physics education


Åke Fäldt

Chalmers, Physics

Christian Stöhr

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Engineering Education Research - EER (Chalmers)

Proceedings från 6:e UTVECKLINGSKONFERENSEN för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar

978-91-88041-11-1 (ISBN)

6:e UTVECKLINGSKONFERENS för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar
Göteborg, Sweden,

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