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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Working in Teams

by Terry Morris
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 09, 2007 by Business Editorial Board
Overview:
This website discusses all of the aspect of team interaction including:
virtual teams; team roles; productive teams; resolving team conflicts and
conducting the first meeting. It also includes student success stories (with
audio), and reflection activities.

Learning Goals: The main goal of this site is to provide students with an introduction to
teamwork and specifically, their responsibilities as effective team members.
Target Student Population: This module is ideal for an introductory university studies course where
Freshmen learn how to be effective college students. It would also be a useful
reminder to upper classmen in courses that rely heavily on teamwork (e.g.
Organizational Behavior or Strategic Management).
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: This module requires little prerequisite knowledge and could be used by students
at a high school level. Expanding this module to other areas would of course
require knowledge in that other area (e.g. sales teams).
Type of Material: This module is a website presentation that flows through a navigation outline on
the left side of the page.
Recommended Uses: This site could be used as a homework project as students are introduced to
teamwork in general and their own team responsibilities in particular.
Technical Requirements: This module requires any basic web browser and Flash 4.0 or higher to view the
affirmations.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This module is a great introduction to the use of teams in both the classroom
and the workplace. It defines teams (including the growing use of virtual
teams) and discusses the roles that team participants must adopt in order to be
effective team members. It also adds reflection questions so that students can
consider previous team experiences that they have had and how they might
interact with their team members in the future.
Concerns: This is a brief overview. Given the emphasis on teamwork in the classroom and
the workplace today further discussion and lectures would be necessary for
students to be fully versed in the team concept.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This module would be effective as a teaching tool to some extent with or without
an instructor. It covers the basics of teamwork in an easy to comprehend
manner and gets individuals thinking about how to react to different situations
that might arise by utilizing thought exercises.
Concerns: Again, further explanation of the use and importance of teams in the workplace
will need to be added by the instructor.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The module is well presented, interesting to look at, and the “live”
testimonials and reflections really add to the interactivity of the site.
Concerns: Though it is easy to use some of the transitions that are made from one area of
teamwork to another are not as seamless as one might hope.