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Student’s Teamwork Evaluation: An Effective Model

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2012 ASEE International Forum


San Antonio, Texas

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June 9, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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International Forum Poster Session & Welcome Reception: Sponsored by Quanser and Cypress Semiconductors

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17.44.1 - 17.44.3



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Sabah Razouk Abro Lawrence Technological University

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Dr. Sabah Abro is an internationally educated math professor and program Director at Lawrence Technological University. He graduated with a Bachelor degree from the University of Baghdad, pursued a post graduate diploma in planning from the United Nations institute in the middle east, Went to Wales in the United kingdom to get his Master’s degree and then to Belgium for his Ph.D. He has also international work experience; he served as Faculty at Al Mustansiria University in Baghdad, a regional consultant at the Arab Institute for Statistics, a position that enabled him to lecture in a number Arab countries.
Sabah has over 25 years of experience in higher education including more than 15 years in education management across different parts of the world. Concentration in the last 15 years was on development of career, Art & Science, technology and engineering programs.

Leading positions in educational institutions including chair of department, acting Dean, university board member, University assessment committee member, consultant and team leader.

A unique experience in coordination between educational institution and industrial partners to build new paradigm in education through an NSF sponsored program.

Many years of in-depth experience in curriculum development. Extensive knowledge in academic programs, professional development programs and on the job training plans. Motivated, fluent in English with multi-lingual capability, internationally educated professional, with work experience in different countries and international organizations. Highly diversified, personable and outreaching communication skills.

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Kenneth Cook P.E. Lawrence Technological University

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Student’s Teamwork Evaluation: An Effective ModelDeveloping teamwork skills among students in engineering educational programs is ahigh-priority common goal.A serious problem facing instructors trying to achieve this goal is to evaluate individualteam member’s roles on the team, and to create a team spirit and sense ofresponsibility among all members.In most team projects, the instructor uses a model that evaluates the final product andprobably a final presentation. The current model does not address the individual teammember’s roles in the preparation stages or in the ability to present their work. Theproject grade goes equally to each member of the team in most cases. Furthermore, thestudents who need more training on teamwork skills can be in the shadow of their peersand miss the opportunity of acquiring these skills. Therefore, the instructor will not beable to distinguish between the individual skills of the team.In this paper, we will present a two-phase model that has proven effective in evaluatingindividual team member’s roles and overall teamwork. The model focuses on peer-to-peer evaluation within a team and between different student teams.Phase one: The project selection process determines the team, not the other wayaround. This process maximizes the interest of the team members in the project. Thisphase reduces the “buddy” team, and strengthens the project-focus team. This isessential to achieve interest in the work of the team and to perform like in real-worldsituations.Phase two: The evaluation forms used were designed to evaluate individuals within ateam and between other teams. The model consists of five to six presentations perproject, with all team members participating in each presentation. The individualstudent’s grade may be different than members of the same team. This will minimizedependency of some team members on others.This paper introduces evaluation tools that were designed to maximize teamwork skills.The rigorous and comprehensive effort required to follow this model is discussed thatbenefits the team members and promotes teamwork skills desired by most educationalprograms.Analysis will be supported by statistical data gathered through this team evaluationprocess for several semesters.Dr. Sabah Abro Professor Ken CookProfessor/Program Director Chair of Department of EngineeringDepartment of Engineering Technology TechnologyLawrence Technological University Lawrence Technological UniversitySouthfield, Michigan Southfield,

Abro, S. R., & Cook, K. (2012, June), Student’s Teamwork Evaluation: An Effective Model Paper presented at 2012 ASEE International Forum, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--17059

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