Research funded by the National Science Foundation, 2008 CCLI Phase 3, Award No. DUE-0817403
SMARTER Teamwork
Matthew Ohland, Richard Layton, Misty Loughry, Eduardo Salas, David Woehr

The proposed work builds upon the extraordinary success of the Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) and Team-Maker, tools for summative peer evaluation and team formation. The existing web-based system is used by 215 faculty at 69 institutions (as of January 2008). We propose to broaden its scope into a complete system for the management of teamwork in undergraduate education and disseminate information about the system to a wide audience of university faculty and faculty developers.

The System for the Management, Assessment, Research, Training, Education, and Remediation for Teamwork (SMARTER Teamwork) has three specific goals: 1) to equip students to work in teams by providing them with training and feedback, 2) to equip faculty to manage student teams by providing them with information and tools to facilitate best practices, and 3) to equip researchers to understand teams by broadening the system's capabilities to collect additional types of data so that a wider range of research questions can be studied through a secure researcher interface.

The three goals of the project support each other in hierarchical fashion: research informs faculty practice, faculty determine the students' experience, which, if well managed based on research findings, equips students to work in teams. Our strategies for achieving these goals are based on a well-accepted training model that has five elements: information, demonstration, practice, feedback, and remediation. Our strategies for achieving these goals are innovative and theoretically sound: from video-based modeling of team management and behavior to synthesizing the teamwork literature for faculty and giving them guidelines for best practices.

Richard A. Layton
Last modified: 12 October 2008