Botany 431 - Physiological Plant Ecology

Group Project Assessment:

Shared Group Grades

Often you are required to complete a project where a group is asked to produce a report that must meet criteria set by others, for example a faculty member or an employer. Only the participants in group projects can effectively judge contributions from the group members to the project. Sara or I can mark your project according to a predetermined set of criteria but it is really up to the group to distribute the marks within the group to reflect the contributions of each group member. For example a mark of 60% to a group of five could represent 300 points which the group could divide amongst themselves.

If it were decided to distribute the points evenly at the start of the project, some group members could be rewarded while being minimally involved. On the other hand, trying to assign the marks at the end of the project could lead to heated discussions within the group. To avoid these problems it is desirable for the group to agree on the criteria they will use before starting the project. In that way each group member will be clear about what their contribution is expected to be.

  1. Spend five minutes thinking individually about the assigned project and the marking criteria.

  2. Discuss within your group how you think you will undertake the project and what you think the expectations are for all group members.

  3. As a group, list the criteria you would choose to evaluate the contributions of group members.

  4. There is an extra consideration that you may want to think about. Should all group members be expected to contribute equally in all areas? Should one person play a leadership role, another act as the organizer of information received, a third as the presenter of the information. How would your criteria be adjusted to incorporate these additional factors? Will there be a separate set of criteria for each role?

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