This approach uses an adapted version of team based learning to provide an opportunity to students effectively to build teamwork skills on an individual level and improve performance at a group level throughout the semester.
The activities: one workshop at the beginning of the semester on team formation and contract development, two workshops at 1/3 and 2/3 semester on development of teamwork skills and how to manage and develop solutions for tricky team dynamics, and a formative evaluation on the progress towards effective team functioning. Peer and self assessment are performed in teams at 1/2 semester and end-of-semester to assess individual performance.
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