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The Nature of Groups: Implications for Learning Design Article

, Agilefox, United States ; , Lehigh University, United States

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 17, Number 1, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Considering recent claims that groups are important to teaching and learning, the authors examine the differences between groups and collections of people to see how one might create learning groups when designing learning and instruction. Based on literature in the fields of group dynamics and education, characteristics of groups are listed and explored. Strategies for creating learning groups are synthesized. Implications for practice are discussed.


Ohl, T. & Cates, W. (2006). The Nature of Groups: Implications for Learning Design. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 17(1), 71-89. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 20, 2018 from .


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