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Enhance Student Engagement and Interaction in Group Assignments in STEM

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Haiyan Qiao, an Instructor at CSU San Bernardino, utilized slides to develop a guided group assignment discussion for an asynchronous online course. This can be used as a reference/template for structured group discussions to promote student interaction and facilitate collaborative problem-solving in a group assignment.

QLT Objectives Met

  • QLT Section 3: Instructional Materials and Resources
    • Objective: 3.5 There is a variety of instructional material types that lead to more UDL/access and student engagement, while not overly relying on one content type such as text.
  • QLT Section 4: Student Interaction and Community
    • Objective: 4.6 Instructor clearly explains their role regarding participation in the course. Instructor participates, facilitates student participation, and encourages students to take ownership and promote different points of view.
  • QLT Section 5: Facilitation and Instruction
    • Objective: 5.3 The instructor presents the course material and concepts in an orderly, effective, and engaging manner.


Additional Information

  • Material Type: Assignment
  • Author: Haiyan Qiao, Instructor
  • Institution: California State University, San Bernardino
  • Date Created: 2023-07-18

QM Standard Equivalents

  • QM General Standard 4: Instructional Materials
  • Standard: 4.5 A variety of instructional materials is used in the course.
  • QM General Standard 5: Learning Activities and Learner Interaction
  • Standard: 5.3 The instructor’s plan for regular interaction with learners in substantive ways during the course is clearly stated.