The Group Work Lab, housed in UP’s Learning Commons, is open and ready to assist groups of students—whether for class projects or campus groups hoping to reorganize and refocus their work. Students can book an appointment for their group through the Bookings Scheduler to meet with a Group Work Lab consultant, both of whom have taken CST 332 (Collaborative Group Leadership) and have completed trainings around tutoring and facilitating group work.
Faculty, please consider encouraging your students to utilize the Group Work Lab’s services if you have any group work or group projects built into your syllabi. Our consultants are prepared to assist students during any stage of their project but are especially equipped to provide support during the early stages of planning and team building. Some professors in the past have required groups meet with a consultant, and others have offered extra credit to groups who visit the Lab.
If you are an advisor of a student group on campus, you can also consider recommending that members of the group make an appointment for the Group Work Lab, as our consultants can provide information about role definition, workload management, crafting a deliverable timeline, and how to effectively frame the issue at hand.
We are also in the final stages of updating our website to include useful information for groups to reference around virtual etiquette for remote meetings and work, role definition within groups, and Appreciative Inquiry, a model that promotes change within organization and groups through positive framing and focusing on the strengths of group members.
If you have any questions about the Group Work Lab or helpful models to utilize for group work, feel free to reach out to Dr. Natalie Nelson-Marsh (firstname.lastname@example.org), communication studies, as she coordinates the GWL alongside Jeffrey White (email@example.com). For a peer tutor’s perspective, feel free to reach out to Group Work Lab consultant Sophie Downing (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any assistance around structuring group meetings/resources around your unique assigned projects or group work.
We hope to work with you and your students soon!