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Work in Progress: Review of Teaching Strategies Towards Development of a Framework for Online Teamwork

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Design Teams 2

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Design in Engineering Education

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17

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Swapneel Thite P.E. University of New South Wales Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5009-6317

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Swapneel Thite is a PhD student of The University of New South Wales, Sydney. His work focusses specifically on improving Teamwork and Leadership skills in students to meet industry expectations. His passion for innovation in engineering education inspires his pursuit for knowledge.

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Jayashri Ravishankar University of New South Wales

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Dr. Jayashri Ravishankar is currently the Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW. Her research and teaching areas are in electrical power engineering. She is institutionally and internationally recognised for the impact of her innovative, research-led and highly effective teaching and leadership. Esteem indicators include Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy awarded by Advance HE (UK) in 2018, Teaching Excellence Awards both from the Faculty of Engineering in 2016, UNSW-wide Teaching Excellence award in 2018 and the Australian National Award for University Teaching in 2019.

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Araceli Martinez Ortiz NASA Headquarters

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Araceli Martinez Ortiz, PhD., is Research Associate Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Education at Texas State University. She leads a comprehensive research agenda related to issues of curriculum and instruction in engineering education, motivation and preparation of under served populations of students and teachers and in assessing the impact of operationalizing culturally responsive teaching in the STEM classroom. As executive director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, she collaborates on various state and national STEM education programs and is PI on major grant initiatives through NASA MUREP and NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education and NSF DUE . Araceli holds Engineering degrees from The University of Michigan and Kettering University. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Michigan State and a PhD in Engineering Education from Tufts University.

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Eliathamby Ambikairajah University of New South Wales

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Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah received his BSc (Eng) (Hons) degree from the University of Sri Lanka, and received his PhD degree in Signal Processing from Keele University, UK. He was appointed as Head of Electronic Engineering and later Dean of Engineering at the Athlone Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland from 1982 to 1999. His key publications led to his repeated appointment as a short-term Invited Research Fellow with the British Telecom Laboratories, U.K., for ten years from 1989 to 1999.

Professor Ambikairajah served as the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise during 2020, after previously serving as the Head of School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia from 2009 to 2019.

His research interests include speaker and language recognition, emotion detection and biomedical signal processing. He has authored and co-authored approximately 300 journal and conference papers and is the recipient of many competitive research grants. He was a Faculty Associate with the Institute of Infocomm Research (A*STAR), Singapore from 2010 to 2018, and is currently an Advisory Board member of the AI Speech Lab at AI Singapore. Professor Ambikairajah was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Education from 2012 to 2019.

He received the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004 for his innovative use of educational technology and innovation in electrical engineering teaching programs, and in 2014 he received the UNSW Excellence in Senior Leadership Award. In 2019 was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award as part of the UNSW President’s Awards.

Professor Ambikairajah was an APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer for the 2013-14 term. He is a Fellow and a Chartered Engineer of the IET UK and Engineers Australia (EA) and is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Life Member of APSIPA.

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Abstract

Teamwork and leaderships skills are highly valued skills in industries all over the world. These graduate attributes significantly influence student employability and improve chances of early career growth. COVID 19 pandemic has pushed the higher education sector to move course deliveries from face to face(f2f) to online abruptly. Teamwork activities are traditionally associated with face to face (f2f) engagement between students, peers, and faculty members. Hence, cultivating teamwork and leadership skills in an online environment, where poor engagement and isolation are common problems, need diligence in course design to resolve. The research question is twofold (i) what are the characteristics of a successful online course? (ii) how to design an online course that leads to an improvement in teamwork and leadership skills of the students? This review paper lays the groundwork for creating a framework that assists in design of a course with online teamwork component to improve teamwork and leadership skills in students. The proposed version of framework is grounded in systematic literature review and critical analysis of the existing teamwork teaching methods and models, online teamwork challenges, and online learning theories like constructivism and cognitivism. The initial phase of this framework focuses on general requirements for online course design. It is built upon three major pillars: Community of Inquiry Framework, Tuckman’s Model of Teamwork, and authentic assessment methodologies. A pilot implementation of this framework was trailed in an electrical engineering course. Performance, feedback, and analysis of these results are discussed to check the validity of the framework. The outcome of the implementation can be used by the wider academic community as a guide for designing online courses comprising of teamwork and leadership skills as learning outcomes.

Thite, S., & Ravishankar, J., & Ortiz, A. M., & Ambikairajah, E. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Review of Teaching Strategies Towards Development of a Framework for Online Teamwork Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38194

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