This presentation will highlight an online introductory computer science course's use of teamwork with video highlights from other online STEM courses.
Context & Problem
Employers are looking for college graduates who demonstrate teamwork and collaboration skills, but how do we help students develop these skills in online courses?
One approach is to include teamwork as a requirement in an online course. But how does the instructor handle problems with students who do not want to be on a team or refuse to communicate or participate with their teams? What about the opposite problem: students who take over the team? How do you work with someone who does not want to take on the role of leader? What if the team produces poor work or does not plan properly?
Approach to Successful Teamwork
Audience will be asked to pair-share their experiences of using teams in online classes, including what has worked well and problems they have faced. Out of this discussion, we will share the following:
Five strategies for successful teamwork in online classes will be shared, including the following:
Sharing clear expectations with the teams
Preparing students for the experience
Facilitating team communication
Meeting with the teams
In groups of four, session participants will come up with a sixth strategy.
In the introductory computer science course, data for the last five years has been tracked with online teamwork being introduced in year 3. Retention, Success and Withdrawal rates and quality of student work will be summarized, analyzed, and results presented.