Sunday, July 28, 2013

Team Science Lessons for Team Teaching

"Team Science" refers to an approach to research using an interdisciplinary group. It might be interesting to extend the discussion of "Team Science" to e-learning. Universities commonly use an approach with one academic in charge of a course, assisted by tutors (much like one researcher with research assistants). Large  on-line courses require a team approach, with subject matter experts, educational designers and content creators.

I mentored a group for Shayne Flint's "Unravelling Complexity" course at ANU last semester. It was interesting to see a group made up of science, law and arts students tackle a problem. My group was working on what to do about e-waste. It is easy to underestimate the diffiulty with a cross-disciplinary team, each member with their own way of working and modes of communication.

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