The available techniques to evaluate teams

  • Class presentations
  • Group presentations
  • Group examinations
  • Applying concepts in a pre-determined situation
  • Professor’s observations for the work done by teams
  • Evaluating the members of a team, and the contribution submitted by each of them during the project.
  • Extra credit when a team has completed a previous evaluation, o when a team member has surpassed in terms of effort.

 

If you will evaluate a team, you ought to make sure that the individual effort is also included in the evaluation, through:

  • Examinations
  • Assessments
  • Homework
  • Team collaboration and contribution

 

In some activities, students will work in teams, whereas projects might be evaluated separately. For instance, a team from an architecture class will work together in designing and building a new building for the campus. This project will require the team to research the needs, assess the actual space and foresee the possible changes in terms of budget and time. The final product will include the building design and a document explaining the different research areas performed by the students. A way to assess such a project, in an individual manner, is that the team divides tasks into sections identifiable and assigned to each member, and thus becoming the responsibility of a particular member of the team. For example, a student will research and get to know the possibilities and limitations of a space, another will write the report and another draft a design. Instead of evaluating the overall project, the professor may grade each section separately, and thus grade each of the students.

 

Another way to assess separately in a project is to ask students work as a team during research and planning, and then each student must submit their own design of the building. The team will work as a common resource, whereas students will work on their personal designs, and evaluated separately on their final product.