Learning Catalytics groups
Learning Catalytics groups for peer discussion can be formed in several ways, and can be used in different kinds of module delivery.
Note: None of the groups used in Learning Catalytics are derived from or connected to groups you may have created in Mastering. Mastering groups are used only for filtering the Mastering Gradebook. You can, of course, create Mastering groups to align with permanent groups in Learning Catalytics, but the processes are independent.
Automatic groups for Synchronous sessions
In sessions where students respond to the same question at the same time, Learning Catalytics provides the opportunity for immediate Peer Instruction based on responses to each question. Automatic grouping identifies students based on settings you define and sets the stage for them to discuss their answers in a group.
For example, you might want to have students placed into groups of three, with at least one correct answer in each group. (And, of course, you don't want to tell students before discussion what the right answer is!)
Instructor-Led Synchronous sessions
- In both classroom-based and online sessions in a course that is associated with a seat map, you can click Assign groups whenever student responses tell you that students would benefit from a peer learning discussion before you deliver the same question again.
- You can specify automatic grouping parameters such as group size, seating proximity, and responses (or accept the settings you've saved as defaults).
- Students instantly receive notification of how to locate the other group members. If students are online, they can start chat sessions outside of Learning Catalytics.
See also Learning Catalytics in class (Instructor-Led Synchronous).
Automated Synchronous sessions
- For online-only or hybrid courses, you can create Automated Synchronous modules that automatically group students who are participating in a session.
- In the course settings, you specify the percentage range for correct answers, which will trigger intelligent grouping after students respond to a question. You also specify the grouping policy to use.
- If the grouping criteria are met based on responses for a given question, Learning Catalytics automatically opens one or more chat sessions that include the students assigned to each group. Students chat about their responses, and then respond again to the same question.
See also Automated Synchronous modules.
Permanent or temporary groups for Team-Based sessions
In your settings for a Team-Based module you select whether to use permanent or temporary groups.
- You create permanent groups in advance and use them for all Team-Based sessions throughout the course. When you use permanent groups for these sessions, students are able to begin answering questions as soon as they log in to the session.
- Temporary groups are used only for the duration of the session. You can tell students which groups to join, or let students form and name their own groups at the beginning of the session. Allow time for this process if you use temporary groups.
See also Learning Catalytics in class (Team-Based).
To establish permanent groups for a course
- Next to a course name in your list of Learning Catalytics courses, click , and then click Groups.
On the Edit student groups page, drag a student's name from the list on the left to the box on the right.
As soon as you place a name in Group 1, a box is created for Group 2, and so on. These group names are supplied by Learning Catalytics and can't be edited.
- Continue to move student names, one at a time, until all students are assigned to a group.
- [Optional] You can move a student from one group to another by dragging any name from one box to a different box.
- Click Save groups.
- If another student joins the course you have created groups, or if you want to reformulate the permanent groups, repeat step 1, make changes, and click Save groups.
To monitor formation of temporary groups for a session
If you are using temporary groups, students are prompted to join a team for a Team-Based session. You can tell them the team names and which team each of them should join, or you can let students form their own teams and create the team names. Students who enter the same team name are assumed to be on the same team.
As students arrive in class and begin to join groups, progress on team formation appears in your instructor view.
When students have joined teams, you can start the Individual Round so they can begin answering questions.
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