Document Type

Presentation

Session Description

Do your group projects suffer from the dreaded “free-riders”, students who receive a grade but don’t participate? This presentation explains how higher education instructors can use lightweight teams to get rid of the “free-rider” problem. The lightweight team methodology uses freely available educational technology to develop more engaging team projects and to encourage positive collaboration between students. Using lightweight teams helps instructors assess outcomes more accurately than traditional group projects. This methodology can be used in face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses. A brief demonstration of relevant educational technologies is included in the presentation.

Keywords

Agile, Lightweight, Online, Group Projects

Start Date

8-3-2017 1:45 PM

End Date

8-3-2017 2:45 PM

Brief Biography of Primary Presenter

Mary Lebens is a student-centered college instructor as well as an application developer. She teaches mobile development for Android and iOS, video game development, and enterprise development using Java and .NET. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Anoka Technical College, she worked for thirteen years in industry as a software engineer for Oracle and Hennepin County Medical Center.

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Aug 3rd, 1:45 PM Aug 3rd, 2:45 PM

Using Technology to Enable Lightweight Teams

Do your group projects suffer from the dreaded “free-riders”, students who receive a grade but don’t participate? This presentation explains how higher education instructors can use lightweight teams to get rid of the “free-rider” problem. The lightweight team methodology uses freely available educational technology to develop more engaging team projects and to encourage positive collaboration between students. Using lightweight teams helps instructors assess outcomes more accurately than traditional group projects. This methodology can be used in face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses. A brief demonstration of relevant educational technologies is included in the presentation.