Workshop Session E.4 – Diversity in Engineering Education: Building and Tracking Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills in Engineering Students
William Rosehart, Marjan Eggermont, Genevieve Hoffart, Thomas O’Neill, Nicole Larson | Real-world engineering practice requires a strong set of both technical and professional skills. Team-based work is currently implemented with the assumption that students will instinctively develop teamwork skills through these experiences. Unfortunately, simply participating in team projects does not necessarily allow students to develop strong teamwork capabilities – it could even reinforce dysfunctional habits. In our experience, it is helpful to make students aware of which specific behaviours lead to effective teamwork. To help address this issue, a collaborative project between the Individual and Team Performance Lab (ITP) in psychology and the Schulich School of Engineering has resulted in the creation of evidence-based team and individual assessments and participative activities. In this workshop, participants will learn about ITP Metrics and how you can utilize our suite of tools to develop and track interpersonal and teamwork skills in your students, become familiar with the online assessment platform, learn how debrief the assessments through a participative activity, design an application of the tools for your own classroom/program and become aware of additional resources beyond what was covered in the workshop (e.g., debrief slides and activities for assessments; team contracts; communication training framework – SUIT).