Faculty Guide to Team Projects

Five students working together around a laptop computer.

Are you considering using a team project in your course?  Have you used them before but feel that there’s room for improvement? Wondering how to address a challenge you or your students face? 

This resource provides effective, research-based practices and resources to help you create, support, and assess team projects in your class, whether it’s online, face to face, or hybrid.

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Need Help with Team Projects?

If you are thinking about incorporating a team project into a course you teach, have used team projects in the past and have a question about next steps, or are wondering how to address a challenge you or your students face, this resource is for you.

The questions below offers information about effective practices, and explores additional resources selected to help you create, support, and assess effective team projects in your classes.

  1.  Why use teamwork projects in your class?
  2.  What are the characteristics of a successful team project?
  3.  How can you introduce a team project to your students to get maximum buy in?  
  4.  How can you form effective teams?
  5.  How can you assess a team project?
  6.  How can you support students during the project process?
  7.  How can you wrap up a team project?

Team definition

CEI defines a team as a group of students working together on a graded assignment over multiple class sessions.

Student companion site: Surviving Group Projects