Faculty Guide to Team Projects
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.
Assessing the Project
Effective practice: Assess team output and individual student contributions and understanding
Assessing team performance provides incentive for student groups to work together. Assessing individual contributions to the team allows students to indicate the relative contributions of their teammates. Assessing individual performance also provides an opportunity for each student to reflect on their own learning process and to demonstrate individual understanding of the material. Your assessments, whether of the work of individuals or the team, should be designed to measure and align with your learning outcomes. When designing your assessments ask yourself what evidence from students would demonstrate that the team and each individual can meet your learning outcomes.
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