Creating Small Groups in Sakai

Do you have a large class that needs to be broken into small groups? Or even a not-so-large class, but one that would still benefit from small group work? Or maybe you have students working in small groups on a project? Whatever the scenario, Sakai can be small group friendly! Check out this document for step-by-step instructions on how to create small groups and communicate within and to those groups in Sakai.

What’s the benefit of small groups? According to the University of Delaware’s Center for Teaching and Learning, “when students work in small groups, they tend to understand the subject matter more thoroughly.  Small group work transforms the class into supportive learning teams; the group keeps students energized, motivated and provides support to complete complex tasks.  Group work helps students explain, summarize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate an aspect of the subject matter.”

Looking for ideas for small group work? Check out these instructional strategies from the Illinois Online Network.