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Session 2131 Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition
 

Summary: Session 2131
Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition
Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education
Automating the Process of Assigning Students to Cooperative-
Learning Teams
Ryan Cavanaugh, Matt Ellis, Richard Layton, Mark Ardis
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Abstract
Assigning students to teams can be a time-consuming process, especially for cooperative
learning teams. This paper describes the initial development and testing of a web-based system
to assign students to teams using instructor-defined criteria, including criteria consistent with the
cooperative learning literature. First, the instructor decides which attributes of students to
measure in assigning teams. Next, students complete confidential surveys to determine their
attributes. Finally, the instructor assigns a weighting factor to each attribute and the system
assigns students to teams. The purpose of the system is to shorten the time to assign teams and
to improve the likelihood that teams will satisfy an instructor's criteria for team formation.
The Team-Maker system provides two web interfaces--one for the instructor and one for
students. The instructor's interface is used to create the survey and, once students have
completed the survey, to assign students to teams in accordance with an instructor-defined
weighting scheme. The student's interface allows each student to complete the confidential

  

Source: Ardis, Mark - School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences