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Table 1 Measures to increase effectiveness of learning groups

From: Learning global health: a pilot study of an online collaborative intercultural peer group activity involving medical students in Australia and Indonesia

  Creating the groups Structuring learning activities Facilitating group interactions
Important factors for creating effective face to face and virtual learning groups [32] Group size Group heterogeneity Positive interdependence Accountability Developing cooperative group skills Developing group norms
Methods for promoting effective learning groups in the RIPPLE activity Ensured small groups (up to eight students) and mixture of UTAS & UNDANA students (min two per group) and genders Guide book Students followed up by local academic to ensure tasks (generation of one page abstract & questionnaires) was completed on time Guide book Lecture on working in collaborative small groups Email support from academics at both universities to troubleshoot difficulties