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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