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If my students work in groups, how can I track their work individually? Grading group work.

asked 2015-10-14 13:35:06 -0500

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If my students work in groups, how can I track their work individually?

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answered 2015-10-14 13:35:38 -0500

updated 2018-09-21 11:48:43 -0500

If your students work in groups, they will still need to sign up for an individual Wikipedia username and enroll their usernames on the course page. Do not have your students create group accounts, as that's against Wikipedia policy.

We recommend that each group of students choose one sandbox to work in. Then, each member of the group should make their contribution to that sandbox while logged in under their own username. This will ensure that their work can be retained and tracked when moved into the article main space. We have created two trainings specifically to help students working in groups: Drafting in the Sandbox (as a group) and Moving group work live. If you plan to have your students work in groups, please make sure these trainings are linked from your course Timeline. If you need help, just reach out to and we'd be happy to assist you!

Students tab

You can always check in on the work that individual students are doing by using the Students tab of your course page. There, you can view the 10-most recent edits each student has made at any given time. This tool will track their draft process, their peer review process as they use talk pages, and more. You can read more about tracking student work here.

Articles tab

For grading purposes at the end of the term, the Articles tab is going to be the best place to track the individual work of your group members. For each individual article your students have edited, you can use our "Assessment tools" to view exactly what students have contributed to that article.

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By clicking the "Current Version with Authorship Highlighting" button (looks like a sheet of paper), you'll be able to see a view of the current version of the article, with what your students specifically contributed highlighted in color-coded sections. In group work, it's important to remember that students may work together in their group sandbox as they draft their work, with one student possibly doing most of the drafting. In the example below, we can see that one student worked on the drafted content while another contributed the image and caption.

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Grading help

With group work, we also recommend having the students complete some kind of reflection where they are able to discuss what they contributed, what their group accomplished, and more. You can read more of our recommendations for grading student work here.

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