Making Team Projects Work

A Resource for High School and College Educators

By Tim Franz and Lauren Vicker

Our Student Toolkit

Our Instructor Resource

Video Introduction to Our Instructor Handbook

Everything you need to know about Using Team Projects and Working in Teams Effectively. Contact us for professional development programs that are tailored to your needs. For information about speaking engagements, email us at

This Week’s Blog Post

The I-P-O Model & Inputs

In this blog post, we discuss a model of team performance and the importance of

inputs to team projects

Blog Posts (Updated Regularly)

Why Team Projects?

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

Tools for Teams Overview
Want all the tools in one place? This post provides a summary with links to each article.

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

Problem-Solving Tools
Need a specific tool to help your team solve a problem? This post describes 5 tools that may help.

Problem-Solving Process
Ever wonder how a team should solve a problem? This post describes a standard process.

Improving Team Creativity
Need to solve a unique problem? Start with trying to improve your individual creativity and your team’s creativity.

Resources (Updated Regularly)

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 professional development sessions we’ve discussed how to use an online survey like this one to assess team membership and leadership

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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Copyright © 2021 by Timothy M. Franz & Lauren A. Vicker

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