Have students introduce themselves during the first class or use a social connectedness start up activity in tutorials (see sample)
Make it clear that the quality of teamwork in group assignments is important by including marks for the groups process in grading rubrics (see sample)
Encourage students to participate in study groups
Offer personality assessment or a Team Style Inventory in forming groups and to help groups function smoothly (see sample)
Design lecture assignments that require students to collectively work on study questions
Ask students to take down the name and number of at least one of their peers so that they can connect should they miss a lecture or want to form a study group
Suggest opportunities for students to interact outside of class time (if you have time to join them that is even better)
If possible, move tables and chairs into small groups to facilitate discussion (just be sure to return them after class). You can request to have a classroom with moveable tables through your departmental manager.
Anne-Kristina creates opportunities for social connection by encouraging small group discussions and learning activities.