Sum of Parts Group Projects: A New Structure to Reduce Student Anxiety

ID: 40248 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Thomas Gibbons, The College of St. Scholastica, United States

Wednesday, October 23 11:55 AM-12:15 PM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 2 View on map

Presider: Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, National University, United States

Abstract: A new method of structuring group projects is defined. Sum of Parts projects are group projects where the project is explicitly broken up into parts and individual students are responsible for each part. This project fits into a larger COR framework created to reduce student anxiety and increase student motivation and satisfaction. The COR framework is implemented by allowing students to choose what parts each will do, grading students solely on their individual parts, and allowing students to resubmit their parts to improve their work. The new Sum of Parts structure was tested for two years in an undergraduate course and the results show the student anxiety is reduced and that students were more motivated and satisfied by the new Sum of Parts project.

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