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Tools for Creating and Managing Student Teams

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Course Tools and Practices

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Engineering Management

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Eric M. Rice Johns Hopkins University

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Eric Rice teaches management and communication courses in the Center of Leadership Education in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University where he also directs the Graduate Non-Degree Program. A sociologist by training, he has used his knowledge of organizations in his teaching and consulting practice with financial institutions, unions, fortune 500 companies and not-for-profit organizations to develop strategic plans, design programs, create management and instructor training and materials, and perform various types of research over the last 25 years.

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William Smedick Johns Hopkins University

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Bill Smedick is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master’s in Engineering Management Internship Program in the Center for Leadership Education within the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Bill also serves as a Consultant for Kathleen Allen Associates, providing student affairs program reviews, curriculum design and professional coaching. Bill currently teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Hopkins and has been involved in leadership education at the university since 1989. Bill has served in various community and professional association leadership roles, including Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities, Member of the Board of Directors for the Counsel for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and President of the Westminster (MD) Wolves Soccer Club.

EdD Morgan State University
MS Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
BS Southern Connecticut State University

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Collaborative projects are a means of instruction in engineering, both to gain content specific knowledge within an engineering discipline and to master skills associated with working on and leading teams. Yet research indicates that a variety of team-management and team participation difficulties arise when using student teams – difficulties that often result in uneven learning outcomes, unsatisfying collaborative experiences and fitful facilitation headaches for the instructor. In this session we explore a particularly useful technique – team compacts – as a tool to overcome specific difficulties, to facilitate management of student teams and maximize learning outcomes while minimizing instructional hassle. The session is grounded in published research on the topic, the experience of the facilitators and the practice of the participants.

Rice, E. M., & Smedick, W. (2018, June), Tools for Creating and Managing Student Teams Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31146

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