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.
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.
This site could be used as a homework project as students are introduced to teamwork in general and their own team responsibilities in particular.
This module requires any basic web browser and Flash 4.0 or higher to view the affirmations.
Evaluation and Observation
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.
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
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.
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
The module is well presented, interesting to look at, and the live testimonials and reflections really add to the interactivity of the site.
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.