Team-forming and its Impact in First Year Engineering

TitleTeam-forming and its Impact in First Year Engineering
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsTrivett, A., C. Roy, and Y. Sewlani
Conference NameProceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
Date Publishedaug
AbstractDuring the Fall 2014 term at theUniversity of Waterloo, the first-year MechanicalEngineering course was re-designed to implement teambasedlearning. In order to improve student's job searchchances, the method of team-forming was based upon theco-op hiring process. The first two weeks of tutorials weredesigned in a way that mirrored the co-op process andprepared students with resume writing and interviewingskills. This led to a significant increase in the number ofstudents who received interviews, were ranked, and werehired by mid-semester. Attendance at tutorials improved,and timely assignment submission in a parallel coursewas improved. All of these measures indicated greaterlevels of student engagement compared with precedingcohorts.