Consider these two course characteristics in your Collaborative Leadership courses:
- provide ongoing individual or group feedback on the collaborative leadership process
- ask students to reflect on growth in collaborative leadership skills and dispositions
You can do both of these things at the same time by having students engage in group processing at the end of each group session. Rather than letting students finish their task and walk away, have them spend a few minutes discussing what each group member did to contribute to the group’s work and setting a goal for their future work together.
Students can provide each group member with positive feedback about whatever that individual did best in contributing to the group. Alternatively, students can focus on what they did well in a particular domain: contributing ideas, active listening, checking for understanding, etc.
Group processing is an important part of cooperative learning. To learn more about cooperative learning, visit http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/cooperative/whatis.html.