Asset Mapping: Empowering Student Project Teams to Perform more Effectively and Equitably
Elisabeth (Lisa) Stoddard, Assistant Teaching Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Studies show that student learning and student project outcomes are improved when students are assigned work in teams, versus independently. However, this assumes that students can take advantage of the rich cognitive and identity diversity within their teams, and are not hampered by bias, stereotyping, and dysfunction. We have developed, tested, and refined several asset-based tools and modules to help students and faculty identify, manage, and mitigate these issues. Our research shows these tools can improve equitable and effective teamwork by overcoming stereotypes, building student confidence, and minimizing task assignment bias. Participants will engage with these tools on teams as their own students would, and work to adapt them to their own assignments.
Registration for this event ends Wednesday, March 20th.