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Summary Findings on the Use of Global Virtual Teams to Achieve Selected Global Competence Learning Outcomes for Engineering Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Global Competency and What Makes a Successful Engineer

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International

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

23.1113.1 - 23.1113.10

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https://peer.asee.org/22498

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Holt Zaugg Brigham Young University

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Holt Zaugg is a graduate of the Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation program in the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. His research focused on communication patterns among engineering students working on engineering global, virtual teams. He has also conducted test item measurement analysis using Item Response Theory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis. His current research focuses on instructional adaptations of teachers working in culturally unique settings.

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Alan R Parkinson Brigham Young University

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Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Spencer Magleby is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean in the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University. He came to BYU in 1989 after working in the aircraft industry developing tools for advanced aircraft design and manufacture. Dr. Magleby received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin where his research centered on design. He has pursued research in design tools and processes, team management, and new mechanism technologies. He teaches design at the graduate and undergraduate level, and is interested in educational partnerships with industry, and international issues in design. As associate dean of undergraduate studies he has promoted and supported the structuring and expansion of international programs. He is an active member of ASME and ASEE.

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Randall Davies Brigham Young Univeristy

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Dr. Davies is currently an assistant professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. His research involves program evaluation in educational settings with the general objective of understanding and improving the teaching and learning process. His research has a specific focus of evaluating technology integration, assessment policy, and educational practices.

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Abstract



 Many
engineering
programs
are
working
to
provide
international
experiences
to
their
students
with
a
key
objective
being
to
foster
the
ability
of
students
to
work
effectively
in
cross‐cultural
situations.

Traditional
study
abroad
programs
have
a
strong
record
of
promoting
this
ability,
but
their
capacity
is
often
limited
by
costs
and
resource
needs.

Some
institutions
are
taking
steps
to
expand
their
capacity
to
provide
students
cross‐cultural
experiences
via
the
use
of
Global
Virtual
(GV)
teams.

However,
questions
remain
regarding
the
efficacy
of
GV
team
approaches
in
achieving
selected
global
competence
outcomes
–
especially
those
associated
with
meaningful
cross‐cultural
experiences.

Furthermore,
many
questions
remain
on
how
to
best
design
and
operate
GV
team‐based
courses
to
achieve
desired
outcomes.

A
key
question
is
to
determine
which
type
of
team
communication
patterns
are
most
effective
at
producing
strong
trust
within
team
interactions
which
are
essential
to
a
meaningful
cross‐cultural
experience.

 This
paper
presents
three
findings
from
a
study
involving
engineering
students
on
study
abroad
and
GV
teams.

First,
evidence
is
presented
indicating
students
on
GV
teams
report
similar
significant
increases
in
cross‐cultural
competence
as
students
attending
SA
programs.

Second,
two
team
communication
patterns
were
identified
within
GV
team
communications.

Advantages
and
disadvantages
of
each
pattern
are
explained.

Finally,
evidence
is
presented
supporting
the
use
of
targeted
lessons
and
activities
to
improve
communication
patterns
on
GV
teams.



Zaugg, H., & Parkinson, A. R., & Magleby, S. P., & Davies, R. (2013, June), Summary Findings on the Use of Global Virtual Teams to Achieve Selected Global Competence Learning Outcomes for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22498

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