At a Glance


  • STEM
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP
  • University


  • Elements of Biotechnology
  • Food and Drugs

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Discussing
  • Reviewing & assessing peers
  • Creating & designing
  • Reading
  • Writing

Technical Details

Class size

  • Small (20-49)
  • Medium (50-99)


  • Semester long

Instructional Purpose

  • Consolidation & metacognition


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

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Contributor's Notes

Meghan Marshall

Meghan Marshall

Vanier College, Montreal, QC

  • 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

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


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


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