Enquiry-based Learning Roles & Responsibilities

Student roles (FAQ Sheet) can transform EBL / IBL activities whether designed for online or face to face delivery.

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Introduction

During each EBL task, all group members are assigned different “group working” roles. These roles are designed to help the group function efficiently and effectively.

  • Make sure that you are clear about the responsibilities of the role(s) you are asked to undertake.
  • If you are unable to engage with your group for any reason (illness, holiday, workload, family emergency etc) please post a message on your group bulletin board (where possible). This should be posted at the start and finish of any period when you are not available.

Chairperson

  • Ensure that all group members have agreed on how the EBL task will run
  • Coordinates and posts meeting dates and agenda
  • Chairs meetings whether face to face or online
  • Keeps task on track
  • Helps to ensure everyone is involved and has a task to do
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the task and scenario
  • To participate in the group discussion and research
Reporter
  • To make minutes of meetings by structuring points in regards to
    • strategies chosen
    • ideas and issues
  • Post the minutes of all meetings to online
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the task and scenario
  • To participate in the group discussion and research
Critical Thinking Checker
  • Distinguish between verifiable facts and value claims
  • Encourage the use of Harvard Referencing and encourage use of reliable sources
  • Identify unstated assumptions, ambiguous claims or arguments
  • Determine strength of an argument
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the task and scenario
  • To participate in the group discussion and research
Group Management Liaison
  • Identifies problems within the group and suggest solutions
  • Encourages everyone to participate
  • Proposes improvements, solutions and insight to encourage effective group working
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the task and scenario
  • To participate in the group discussion and research
Time Keeper
  • Coordinate and post workload and action planning documents online
  • Responsible for posting reminders / alerting team members of task schedules
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the task and scenario
  • To participate in the group discussion and research
Coordinator
  • Responsible for coordination of the all task drafts
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the task and scenario
  • To participate in the group discussion and research

Further Reading

Discussion as a Way of Teaching Brookfield, S and Preskill, S (1999), Buckingham : Open University Press, p. 91.

Using role-play activity with synchronous CMC Pilkington, R and Kumenek, P (2004) in ICT for Curriculum Enhancement, Monteith, M (ed.), Bristol : Intellect Books

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