Fostering teamwork and collaboration

Teamwork and collaboration tasks can be part of a well-designed learning experience. When exploring and discussing concepts or finding solutions to problems together, students share individual experiences and expertise with each other - it creates more authentic teamwork and an engaging learning environment. “Group work not only contributes to students’ personal development and their learning experience, but it also prepares them for their future professional life by allowing them to play to their strengths and better their weaknesses, developing professional accountability, as well as tolerance and respect for each other” (Oana, 2020).

Teamwork is usually part of capstone projects, work-integrated learning, authentic assessment, laboratory work or creative projects that are designed to encourage students to demonstrate their graduate capabilities, as outlined in the Monash Graduate Attributes.

The teamwork and collaboration process

This section of the guide explores some common processes of effective teamwork and collaboration. Success in team tasks is about setting the right expectations for the students and for yourself as the educator. Planning effective teams is critical as “effective teamwork is related to higher grades and higher quality products” (Planas-Lladó et. al., 2020).