Teamwork & Group Work

Teamwork and group work are increasingly common elements of engineering learning. When group activities and projects are assigned, there are two types of learning outcomes:

  • outcomes related to the content of the course (product outcomes) and
  • outcomes related to team skills and participation (process outcomes).

Fostering learning in the content area is comfortable for engineering faculty, but fostering learning in the team skills area can be unfamiliar. It is important to explicitly teach team skills and to design assignments that support team skills. Below are ideas that may be useful for creating assessable teamwork assignments that foster the learning of teamwork.

Principles for Teaching and Assessing Teamwork

Making Scoring/Grading Useful for Assessment