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.
Effective practice: Provide structure, time, and skill development training to your students.
Effective teamwork doesn’t just happen. The following steps will help ensure that your students can work effectively and reach their goals.
Communicate your expectations and role in the project
Let your students know how you will be overseeing the assignment and clarify the extent to which you will provide support as they research and work together. Establish guidelines as to how and when they should contact you with questions and if problems arise.
The following suggestions will help you help your students have a successful and positive experience.
- Provide structure by dividing the project into smaller pieces
- Teach teamwork skills and promote positive team dynamics
- Support international students and nonnative speakers of English
- Provide in-class time to work on project
- Provide teams with a communication toolkit
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