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Proceedings of the 2012 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition


SMARTER Teamwork: System for Management, Assessment, Research, Training, Education, and Remediation for Teamwork. The rapid adoption of Team-Maker and the Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME), tools for team formation and peer evaluation, make it possible to extend their success to have a significant impact on the development of team skills in higher education. The web-based systems are used by 1600 faculty at 400 institutions internationally –the figure below shows the growth of the user base. 1600 The system has had 72,459 unique student users. 1400 Fitted curves are second order. 1200 Faculty and staff 1000 Number 800 of users 600 Institutions 400 Sep 200 Oct. 2005 2011 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Years since software was released. This paper and its accompanying poster will describe strategies for broadening the scope of those tools into a complete system for the management of teamwork in undergraduate education. The System for the Management, Assessment, Research, Training, Education, and Remediation of Teamwork (SMARTER Teamwork) has three specific goals: 1) to equip students to work in teams by providing them with training and feedback, 2) to equip faculty to manage student teams by providing them with information and tools to facilitate best practices, and 3) to equip researchers to understand teams by broadening the system’s capabilities to collect additional types of data so that a wider range of research questions can be studied through a secure researcher interface. The three goals of the project support each other in hierarchical fashion:research informs faculty practice, faculty determine the students’ experience, which, if well managed based on research findings, equips students to work in teams. Our strategies for achieving these goals are based on a well-accepted training model that has five elements:information, demonstration, practice, feedback, and remediation.Different outcomes are expected for each group of people. For the students, individual outcomes,such as student learning, and team outcomes, such as the development of shared mental models,are expected. For the faculty, individual outcomes such as faculty learning and faculty satisfaction are expected. The outcomes for researchers will be community outcomes, that is,benefits for stakeholders outside the research team, such as generating new knowledge for teaming theory and disseminating best practices. Measuring these outcomes is the basis for the project’s evaluation plan.


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