In Teams, learners work together to complete assignments. Team assignments give students the opportunity to develop strong ties with each other as they work together to create a shared understanding of course content. In a recent survey of massive open online courses offered on the NovoEd platform, students mentioned virtual team management, i.e. team role negotiation, leadership, communication, and collaboration, among the list of skills obtained during the course.
Teams are different from Groups, please see our Teams vs. Groups article for a further explanation of this distinction.
Types of Teams
NovoEd supports both assignment-long and course-long teams. Both types of teams can be created by the computer (randomly or algorithmically) or by the teaching team through manual team formation (with a .csv upload). Course-long teams can also be 'self-formed' - formed by the students themselves. Research into courses on our platform has shown self-formed team to consistently score higher than manually formed teams on all engagement measures (discussion, team chat, submission comments, conversation messages).
There can be multiple assignment-long teams at the same time, however, only one course-long team may exist. Assignment-long teams are only together for one assignment and dissolve after the assignment has been completed. The advantage of a course-long team is that students grow together in their learning. Assignment-long teams could be a good choice if you have good reason to want your learners to rotate through different team compositions.
Types of Team Formation
Computer Generated Team Formation
Computer generated team formation assigns students to a team based on weighted profile criteria or randomly. Computer generated teams are usually used for assignment-long teams. Learn more about computer generated team formation here.
Self-Formed, Organic Team Formation
Self-formed teams allows students to create their own team or join one of their choice. Self-formed teams are only available with course-long teams. Learn more about self-formed team formation here.
Manual Team Formation with .csv
In addition to algorithmic and organic team formation, instructors can manually assign teams with a .csv upload. If you would like to assign teams, please see here.
** In the case that there are learners that have not formed a team on their own, it is still possible to create additional teams manually. However, after adding manual teams, learners will be unable to form their own teams unless it is changed back to self-formed teams.
To do so, visit your Form Your Team Formation activity and Click Edit Teams. changed it to a "Create Teams Manually" and look for the gear icon to Edit Teams.
Enabling the Team Lead Dashboard
As an admin, you have the option to enable a Team Lead Dashboard. This operates similarly to the Mentor Dashboard, with the following exceptions:
- The Team Lead can either be manually assigned, or organically assigned depending on whether you use manually- or self-formed teams.
- The Team Lead can be a learner or an admin, but not a mentor.
- The Team Lead Dashboard auto-populates progress data on all team members as they join.
- You can only have one Team Lead per team.
- You can only be in one team at a time.
To enable to team lead dashboard, edit your Team Activity from directly on the lesson page, and select "Enable Team Progress Dashboard."
The Team Lead will be able to access the Dashboard from directly within their team workspace: