CEPS Undergraduate Poster Session: Advancing Teamwork in First Year Engineering Design
On August 2nd I participated in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) Undergraduate Poster Session, in the University of Guelph Science Complex Atrium. This poster session included undergraduate summer research students in engineering and physical science, who were interested in presenting their research to graduate judges. This is an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to communicate and build connections with other members within the CEPS community.
My poster presented my research of teamwork in engineering design and the importance of providing students with a structured framework to help guide them through large-scale team projects associated with first-year engineering design. Participating in this poster session allowed me to organize my research and present it in a logical way so others could understand. This was my first official ‘formal’ poster that I have created in my undergraduate career and it was a really great opportunity for me to practice creating posters for future use in my career. Through presenting my research to other undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty, I was able to hear valuable feedback on techniques that will help further my research and provided me with ways to measure how these methods are working in Engineering and Design I (ENGG 1100) in the Fall 2018 semester.
A major challenge, particularly in first-year engineering design, is the ability for individuals to come together to form and maintain a successful team. Under the supervision of Dr. John R. Donald, PEng, Associate Professor, I have researched various team frameworks that will help students understand the value behind teamwork and help them gain knowledge of how to work effectively in teams.
I was able to develop activities and assessments based off of Tuckman‘s Model for Teamwork to implement into ENGG 1100 in Fall 2018. These activities/assessments are created to help students understand the process of team development, providing them with a way to communicate with one another in a structured way. One of the activities we created was a flipped classroom exercise involving a video outlining the Tuckman Model theory for teamwork and a follow up in-lab team discussion. The main goal of this research is to help students improve their teamwork skills and help improve the quality of teams in ENGG 1100. Dr. Donald and I are still currently working on a way to measure the success of this research but will be using peer and self-reviews to see how the students respond.