The decision to grade group work depends on the nature and desired outcomes of the assignment. Some faculty who grade collaborative work award each student in the group the same grade, a strategy that may work best when the stakes are relatively low. Others award grades both for individual and collective effort. One way to determine group grades (either in part or as a whole) is to ask students to evaluate one another's work on a standard form.
Creating a collaborative learning rubric is also an effective way to grade group work. Rubrics improve the quality of group work and decrease the amount of time spent on grading group work.
Ideas and forms for assessing group learning
- The Australian Universities Teaching Committee — Centre for the Study of Higher Education provides guidelines for structuring the assessment of group work and weighs the advantages and disadvantages of various types of assignments.