The purpose of this activity is to help the students to collaborate in groups. It is a good idea to do the activity as soon as groups have been formed because it helps the students to talk about their expectations in terms of collaboration, and to agree on a model which works for each group member. The group agreement, which is like a set of rules for collaboration in the group, enables the students to reach consensus about their expectations.
The process involved in reaching group agreements gives the students the chance to express their different expectations regarding collaboration in the group. The aim is to reduce the number of conflicts and problems in group work and to focus on academic collaboration.
The activity is divided into five themes and gets the students to discuss their expectations in terms of collaboration in the group: