Improving Team-Based Learning with Tandem (DEI)

Ann Arbor MI 04-01-2020 04-01-2020

Team-based learning is an effective pedagogy that has the potential to increase student learning and motivation, but it can also sometimes lead to inequitable or even toxic experiences. We know that working well on diverse teams is an important skill, but generic messages addressing cultural humility and pro-teamwork behaviors often fall short. Tandem is a web-based, customizable tool that provides research-based instruction and support for student teams at scale. Messages informed by an assessment of individuals’ and teams’ needs allow for brief “coaching” that can encourage students to (re)consider teammates’ perspectives and redirect maladaptive team patterns. Short lessons including opportunities for applying ideas to current teamwork experiences via reflection are pushed out regularly throughout the semester. Example lesson topics include: imposter syndrome, equality in group conversation, and tools for supporting collaboration. Tandem can identify problematic DEI-related team issues and call them out for faculty. For example, in the first year engineering course we co-teach, women sometimes complete more of the project management and communication work, and men sometimes do more of the physical building. That pattern is not meaningful if it only happens with a single team: many characteristics of the individuals on the team affect who does which tasks, and gender is certainly not the sole determinant. However, an instructor might wish to know about such patterns at the class level, or even in the discipline more generally, and Tandem includes algorithms to identify such information. This workshop is eligible for 1 CPE credit. Facilitators: Center for Academic Innovation

Presented by Center of Academic Innovation

icon to add this event to your google calendarApril 1, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
M1112 SPH II
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Sponsored by: SPH Instructional Services
Contact Information: Frederique Laubepin, Instructional Services, Ph: 734-936-1248, Email: flaubepi@umich.edu
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Team-based learning is an effective pedagogy that has the potential to increase student learning and motivation, but it can also sometimes lead to inequitable or even toxic experiences. We know that working well on diverse teams is an important skill, but generic messages addressing cultural humility and pro-teamwork behaviors often fall short. Tandem is a web-based, customizable tool that provides research-based instruction and support for student teams at scale. Messages informed by an assessment of individuals’ and teams’ needs allow for brief “coaching” that can encourage students to (re)consider teammates’ perspectives and redirect maladaptive team patterns. Short lessons including opportunities for applying ideas to current teamwork experiences via reflection are pushed out regularly throughout the semester. Example lesson topics include: imposter syndrome, equality in group conversation, and tools for supporting collaboration. Tandem can identify problematic DEI-related team issues and call them out for faculty. For example, in the first year engineering course we co-teach, women sometimes complete more of the project management and communication work, and men sometimes do more of the physical building. That pattern is not meaningful if it only happens with a single team: many characteristics of the individuals on the team affect who does which tasks, and gender is certainly not the sole determinant. However, an instructor might wish to know about such patterns at the class level, or even in the discipline more generally, and Tandem includes algorithms to identify such information. This workshop is eligible for 1 CPE credit. Facilitators: Center for Academic Innovation