Team-Based Problem Solving

Team-Based Problem Solving Overview

In Team-Based Problem Solving, students form collaborative teams to solve a problem or undertake a project.  Across each team, members should bring a diversity of complementary talents, knowledge and experience to the problem solving process.

Team-based learning has many pedagogical benefits.  Students engaging in teamwork typically develop greater problem solving skill and content understanding, higher motivation to learn and enthusiasm for course content, and present higher quality solutions.  At the same time, through ongoing, focused team interaction, they develop more effective communication and interpersonal skills, and greater comfort participating in collaborative groups.     

With learning teams, the instructor takes on the important role of facilitator.   Beginning with group assignment, the facilitator must nurture student groups to become functioning, self-directed, productive teams.  

Frequently combined, problem-based, project-based, and team-based learning are well-established teaching techniques at Stanford University.  All are collaborative and involve active learning.   Student teams may be interdisciplinary and, with online technologies, globally distributed.  Problems may have local or global significance, and in some cases are provided by corporate and other partners.

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