Since 1997, Building Engineering Student Team Effectiveness and Management
Systems (BESTEAMS) faculty members have researched
engineering student project team performance and developed modules for
training instructors on how to effectively use teams in their own classes.
The original BESTEAMS
partnership includes faculty members from Howard University, Morgan
State University, the United States Naval Academy, and the University
of Maryland, College Park. Together,
these teachers and researchers built engineering team-centered curriculum
that supports effective project team experiences throughout the entire
undergraduate academic program.
Effective team performance is promoted through a series of teaching
modules that cover three key aspects of teamwork at increasing levels
of complexity (introductory, intermediate and advanced).
The modules are designed for maximum flexibility and can be adapted
to a single class period or longer. The material is distilled and designed specifically for engineering project
teams and thus minimizes the amount of time the instructor must
take to learn the material related to teamwork. The first level of these
modules (Introductory) can be found in the BESTEAMS Curriculum Guide
for Faculty, available for purchase at www.collegehousebooks.com.
direct BESTEAMS questions to Dr. Linda