Teams have become the default work structure in organizations worldwide, and yet teamwork skills are rarely “taught” in engineering curricula. Instead, students are expected to develop teamwork and leadership skills via a sink-or-swim approach where they are assigned group work and left to perform as they can. Often, these poor teamwork experiences combined with the lack of training and opportunities for guided reflection lead to students disliking working in groups, impacting not just the cognitive, but also the affective domain of learning.
In response to this identified weakness, six modules were developed for engineering students in all disciplines. These modules were developed by the Faculty of Engineering, the Student Success Office, and the Centre for Teaching Excellence, and was funded by the Ideas Clinic, and the Centre for Teaching Excellence through a Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Full Grant.