Creative solutions to common groupwork problems


  • Helena Beeson University of Northampton
  • Richard Byles University of Northampton



This case study considers a new workshop activity designed to provide the opportunity for students in the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) to practice the skills associated with groupwork. A need was established through discussions between Faculty tutors and the authors, a Learning Development tutor and a Learning Technologist, for learners to model the process utilising technology. A scenario workshop was devised where groups negotiated, scripted and filmed responses to given team problems. The prospect of potentially advising future students through video without being assessed appeared to galvanise groups and received positive feedback. Surveys were taken at the beginning of the process to establish participants’ previous experiences of groupwork, and this data informed five scenarios for future cohorts to storyboard their strategies. Feedback on the workshop activity has demonstrated that using video technologies together with scenario-based role-play can be an effective strategy in helping students to become effective group members.  

Author Biographies

Helena Beeson, University of Northampton

Helena Beeson is an Academic Practice Tutor at the University of Northampton. 

Richard Byles, University of Northampton

Richard Byles is a Learning Technologist at the University of Northampton




How to Cite

Beeson, H. and Byles, R. (2020) “Creative solutions to common groupwork problems”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (19). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi19.622.