At a Glance

Discipline

  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP
  • University

Course

  • Elements of Biotechnology
  • Food and Drugs

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Discussing
  • Reviewing & assessing peers
  • Evaluating peers
  • Presenting

Technical Details

Class size

  • Small (20-49)
  • Medium (50-99)

Time

Semester long

Purpose

  • Preparation & knowledge activation
  • Application & practice
  • Assessment & feedback

Overview

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.

Instructional Objectives

  • To apply team work skills at an individual level and to improve team performance at a group level

Workflow & Materials

Activity workflow

Building Effective Teams

Download

Turning Student Groups into Effective Teams

Article

Download

Resources

Student Instructions

Download

Contributor's Notes

Meghan Marshall
Meghan Marshall

Vanier College, Montreal, QC

Benefits

  • This approach provides guidance for avoiding and working through the pitfalls commonly associated with group work in the classroom
  • Students also tend to really appreciate the extra investment of the instructor to the development of teamwork skills
  • Students tend to like and respect the contracts so they self-regulate instead of the instructor having to intervene

Challenges

  • Taking on an extra semester-long project of developing team skills and running workshops in addition to delivering what is required of the course itself

Tips

  • Use and adapt the materials already provided to you- it saves a lot of time. If possible, perform the workshops in a tutorial time slot

Applied Strategies

  1. 1
    Peer Instruction
  2. 2
    Peer Assessment

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