Making Team Projects Work

An Online Resource for High School and College Educators

By Tim Franz and Lauren Vicker

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This Week’s Blog Post

Managing Difficult Members

We’ve all had the unfortunate opportunity to work with a difficult team member. In this post, we discuss they typical problem members and how a team should deal with each situation.

Blog Posts (Updated Regularly)

Coming Soon

Managing Your Leader

How do you manage your team leader? Lauren and Tim provide eight tips for how to improve the team presentations on Zoom in your classroom!

Zoom Presentations

Team presentations on Zoom require additional sills. In this blog, Lauren and Tim provide tips for how to improve the team presentations on Zoom in your classroom!

Team Presentations

Team presentations are different from individual ones. In this video blog, Lauren and Tim provide tips for how to improve the team presentations in your classroom!

English Language Learners

The fastest growing demographic is students learning English. We talked with Jennifer Wheeler-Ballestas about incorporating students who have a different primary language.  

Evaluating Teams at Work

In last week’s post, Lauren and Tim discussed how to evaluate team projects in the classroom. This week’s post discusses evaluating team projects in the workplace.

Evaluating Teams

Evaluating team projects in the classroom takes a little more planning than evaluating individual ones. In this post, we discuss some tips about how to improve evaluations of team projects.  

Evaluating Peers

In this week’s blog post, we discuss how to conduct peer evaluation in teams. In our corresponding video blog, we talk with Dr. Ellen Monk about how she conducts peer evaluation! Some of her resources are below. 

Working in Online Teams

Many teams struggle at times, but online teams struggle the most. Here’s three tips to make your team work better online.

Team Conflict

Conflict is one of the most difficult problems that many teams face. In this post, we talk with Karen Clinton Jones. She gives some tips for the best ways to resolve team conflict  

Problem Solving

Want to improve problem solving on your team? Join us this week, along with our guest this week, Mark Bowers. Providing your team with some structure will definitely help them better solve problems.

Team Decision Making

Team decisions require dialogue . But, teams can also get side tracked. This week Lauren Vicker and I had Rob Elkington as a guest on our video blog. He talked about one tool that helps teams to make a better decision. 

Creativity in Teams

In this post, we discuss ways to improve creativity on your project team. The suggestions are great for students as well as those who work on teams as part of their job!

Online Communication

Do your students work virtually on their team projects? In this video, Tim and Lauren give some tips for student teams to communicate better when online.

Verbal Communication

Need to improve verbal communication in student project teams? We give three tips here.

Understanding Nonverbals

Want to hear the real story about nonverbal communication? Tim & Lauren talk about it here

Motivating Team Members

What help motivating team members? In this blog post

Improving Team Leadership

Want to improve team leadership on student teams? 5 tips from our guest expert, Dr. Seth R. Silver

Setting Team Roles

What role will you play on your team? How does it affect your team performance?

Setting Team Norms

Need to improve your teamwork and team projects? Consider setting team norms.

Creating a Team Context

In this blog post, Lauren and Tim discuss how to create the context that will better support your team projects

Minimize Social Loafing

Have you ever had social loafing on your team? Here are some tips to reduce it.

Creating a TEAM task

Creating a good team task is much harder than creating an individual task. In this post, We discuss how to create a better team task.

Forming Teams

What are the best ways to form your teams for a project? The answer might really surprise you! Read this post to find out.

Why Team Projects?

Are you considering a team project? Here are three good reasons that you should.

The IPO Model and Inputs

Want to learn more about the inputs to team projects that your students will need?

Reaching Team Consensus

Wonder how to help your team reach consensus? Try these practical tips.

Resources (Updated Regularly)

Peer Evaluation Form

This is a peer evaluation form from Drs. Ellen Monk and Ryan T. Rodalunas discussed in Blog Post #20

Peer Evaluation Instructions

This is the corresponding peer evaluation instructions from Drs. Ellen Monk and Ryan T. Rodalunas discussed in Blog Post #20

Chapter 1 of Our Book
Use this resource if you’d like a preview, or as a preread for some of our professional development session

Sample Peer Evaluation Form
This is a sample (jpg) of the peer evaluation form that is in our book

Survey for Forming Teams
In a blog post about how to form teams, we refer to a survey of expertise. This is an example that is relevant to psychology.

The Franz Group IQ Test
We use the Franz Group IQ Test as an icebreaker. You’ll find the test here in Word format so you may modify it as necessary.

Wilderness Survival Task
This is a link to one of the wilderness survival exercises, the Winter Survival Game.

Instructions: Franz Group IQ
This provides instructions for how to use, analyze, and explain the Franz Group IQ test as an icebreaker (and the answers!)

Top 10 List
Our top 10 tips for making your team projects in class successful!

Survey to Assess Leadership
In some PD sessions we’ve discussed how to use an online survey like this one to assess team membership and leadership

Sample Presentation Evaluation
This is a sample (jpg) of the presentation evaluation form that is in our book

Videos and Podcasts

You may use these videos as brief lectures within your class. They cover certain content areas from our book, Making Team Projects Work!

Podcast for LectureBreakers
This is a two-part podcast for LectureBreakers that discusses some of the details from our book. Part 2 is here.

DEI Expert Panel for TBLC 2021
Lauren hosted this Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion panel at the 2021 Team-Based Learning Collaborative Conference, March 4, 2021

Foundations of Teamwork for TBL
This presentation, for TBL Virtual 2021, talks about how teamswork is the foundation for TBL

tea for teaching Podcast
In this podcast, we discuss strategies to help students develop their teamwork skills while addressing complex problems.

How To: Peer Evaluation
Do you use peer evaluation? Have you ever taught your peer evaluators HOW to evaluate each other? Watch this video for ideas.

Better Team Presentations
In this video, Lauren gives 7 tips for students that will help them learn how to give better team presentations .

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