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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


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