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Work in Progress: A Delphi Study to Investigate the Value of Board Games to Teach Teamwork Skills

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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DEED Postcard Session 2 and Presentation of Student Essay Competition Winners

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Design in Engineering Education

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Kevin Ray Hadley South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Dr. Hadley received his BS in Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, he also completed their teaching certificate program and was the first participant to publish the results of his project in a national peer-reviewed journal, Chemical Engineering Education. Afterwards, Dr. Hadley completed a postdoctoral study at NASA. IN 2012, he joined the faculty at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department as an Assistant Professor. His discipline research interests include molecular modeling of smart materials. His engineering education research interests include numerical literacy, teamwork development, and failure as a scaffolding mechanism.

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Kenneth Reid Virginia Tech

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Kenneth Reid is the Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Programs in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is active in engineering within K-12, serving on the TSA Board of Directors. He and his coauthors were awarded the William Elgin Wickenden award for 2014, recognizing the best paper in the Journal of Engineering Education. He was awarded an IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award in 2013 for designing the nation's first BS degree in Engineering Education. He was named NETI Faculty Fellow for 2013-2014, and the Herbert F. Alter Chair of Engineering (Ohio Northern University) in 2010. His research interests include success in first-year engineering, engineering in K-12, introducing entrepreneurship into engineering, and international service and engineering. He has written texts in Engineering, Mathematics and Digital Electronics, including the text used by Project Lead the Way.

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Board games may serve as the vehicle for students to experience teamwork skills in a low-stakes environment, facilitating discussion of the value of good teamwork practices. This work has evolved to a point where “refresher” activities for higher level students are the next logical step. Our research question asks: which games are most appropriate for developing specific skills, especially associated with teamwork?

A Delphi Study is underway to allow for a panel of experts to facilitate the aspect of connecting teamwork to game elements. The panel of experts consists of game designers, game reviewers, game publishers, game store owners, and prominent game collectors. The panel will go through multiple cycles to identify the above characteristics. The panel will be guided through the lexicon of teamwork to better equip them on how to decide the most appropriate alignment between game mechanics and teamwork skills.

From this analysis, the research team will be equipped to catalog which games are best aligned with the skills educators wish to develop or reinforce for their engineering students. Some skills beyond teamwork the games will be targeted towards are communication, effort coordination, adaptability, and risk assessment for decision making.

Hadley, K. R., & Reid, K. (2017, June), Work in Progress: A Delphi Study to Investigate the Value of Board Games to Teach Teamwork Skills Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29140

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