Groups in Action:
Video Vignettes for Triggering Discussions


A brief introduction to problem-based learning and the Groups in Action videos.

In the Beginning

A new group discusses their concerns and expectations for the course.

This Is a Group Thing… Right?

Class is off to a rough start as group members struggle to work as a team.

When the Professor's Presence Makes a Difference

The group can't seem to work together unless supervised by the instructor.

We Don't Care

The group's disinterest in the topic inhibits their ability to learn.

Dawn's 8 O'clock

Frustration occurs within the group when one member is consistently late and absent.

Chain Reaction of Disorder

The group's concentration is thrown off after one disruption leads to another.

The Dominator

The group vents about one member who seems to dominate the conversation.

I Think We Should Get the Professor

A peer facilitator is frustrated with the group's frequent requests for the instructor's help.

Shyer Than Shy

Progress is slow when group members are reluctant to break out of their shell.

I Want To Be in My Professor's Group

A group member is having a difficult time accepting the thoughts and research of their peers.

Water Striders

The group avoids the real learning issues within their topic.

Looking for Information

Group members fail to produce quality research and interfere with group collaboration.