An innovative use of the web to build graduate skills
Successful graduates in today’s competitive business environments must possess sound interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in team situations within, and across, disciplines. However, developing these skills within higher education curriculum is fraught with organisational and pedagogical difficulties, with many teachers not having the skills, time or resources to facilitate productive group processes. Furthermore, many students find their teamwork experiences frustrating, demanding, conflict ridden and unproductive. This paper brings together the perspectives and experiences of an engineer and a social scientist in a cross-disciplinary examination of the characteristics of effective teamwork skills and processes. A focus is the development and operation of "TeamWorker", an innovative on-line system that helps students and staff manage their team activities and assessment. TeamWorker was created to enhance team teaching and learning processes and outcomes including team creation, administration, development and evaluation. Importantly, TeamWorker can facilitate the early identification of problematic group dynamics thereby enabling early intervention.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||team, teamwork, group, groupwork, online, teamworker|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||First published in Teaching in Higher Education 11(1):pp. 63-77.|
|Deposited On:||24 Apr 2006|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:18|
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