Penn State University , Pennsylvania
July 28, 2019
July 28, 2019
July 30, 2019
FYEE Conference - Paper Submission
This is a work-in-progress paper describing the development of teamwork materials and lessons for an introductory industrial engineering class that is a required as part of the BS Industrial Engineering (BSIE) degree at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). The materials and lessons were developed as part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) entitled: Collaborate UTA: Focus on Teamwork. The PLC was part of UTA’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The central focus of UTA’s current QEP is on teamwork, with the goal of innovating and re-conceptualizing teaching based on intellectual growth on this topic. Participation in the PLC included structured meetings, shared dialogue (both face to face and virtual, including a shared blog), reading and discussing a shared book, and engagement in individual research grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning and a teamwork focus towards a research project. The PLC, consisted of faculty from across campus, and culminated with members implementing, evaluating, and presenting findings of their research projects. The BSIE degree at UTA is accredited by ABET. ABET bases their accreditation on seven student outcomes one of which is “An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.” For accreditation purposes it is necessary to show that the program assesses students abilities on this ABET outcome. While the BSIE degree provides many opportunities for students to work and be assessed in groups, there was very little instruction in how to actually be a good group member. As part of the PLC, materials and lessons on how to be a good team member were developed and delivered to a first-semester Introduction to Engineering class. This work-in-progress paper describes the PLC experience and the materials and lessons developed, discusses their use in the class, and reports on lessons learned in the first use of the materials.
Boardman, B. S. (2019, July), Work-in-Progress: A Professional Learning Community Experience in Developing Teamwork Teaching Materials Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/33740
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