How to support and manage effective student teams: An approach for integrating team development into courses
Team activities and projects are commonly employed in undergraduate and graduate courses, in part to prepare students for the team-based nature of various employment settings. However, instructors are often ill-equipped to support student teams, assess contributions to group work, and manage difficult team dynamics. We present four key strategies for integrating team development into courses with examples and data from a research methods course including: 1) setting the foundation, 2) peer evaluations; 3) team reflections; and 4) self-reflection. Participants will discuss the challenges and facilitators for supporting team development and brainstorm ways to integrate team development activities into their courses.
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