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  • Bezuidenhout Saija

Implementation of iPeer to Assess and Develop Engineering Students Teamwork Capabilities


The competency gap between students' actual teamwork skill and the skills required by the industry sparked a need to revisit the engineering teaching, learning and assessment practices of teamwork in our faculty. The well designed education ecosystem surprisingly did not produce required industry employability capabilities needed in the real world.

Despite well-designed assessment opportunities the lecturers consistently reported the issue of having limited control over the team dynamics and outcomes of team member evaluations. Consequently missing out on opportunity to early identify patterns of underperformance and obstacles that require timely interventions for both the teams and the individual students to be able to succeed.

In pursuit of enhancing the hybrid drive an open source peer review web application tool called iPeer was proposed to be used in conjunction with the university's official learning management system, for the real-time assessment of teamwork participation and contribution. The process of implementing the iPeer tool provided the opportunity to not only utilise technology for assessment and capabilities development, but to also use it as a tool to assist student teams with their challenges at any stage of the teamwork cycle. Since the implementation in 2018, almost four thousand students have used iPeer providing data for quantitative and qualitative analysis in pursuit of finding answers to the following questions:

  • Can students reliably evaluate each others participation and contribution in a team?
  • Can lecturers reliably evaluate teamwork based on students evaluations of each other?
  • How can the students' teamwork skills be systematically developed to breach the current competency gap?

The aim of this project is to: (1) Introduce and equip lecturers and academic staff with a better understanding of teamwork, and a working knowledge of iPeer as a teamwork management and evaluation tool; and (2) to introduce students to self-evaluation and co-team member evaluation of teamwork skills, which provides instant opportunities for feedback on skills and skill improvement in real-time. 

After completion, it has become apparent that iPeer can be used to assess teamwork skills and that it has a positive impact on students' awareness and improvement of their teamwork skills. The implementation of technologies only however forms a part of the overall assessment process. Successful implementation of e-learning initiative must take into consideration not only the technology but also incorporate the academic process. From the assessment point of view iPeer provides an easy to use and efficient tool suitable even for a super sized class environment teamwork peer evaluation. However, it is important to note that peer review is not a quick fix nor doesn't automatically improve students' teamwork capabilities but rather assists in highlighting the problem areas when used in isolation. A more systematic approach where teamwork skills are developed gradually through different modules from first to the last year is required. This requires both curriculum development as well as supporting online toolkit for both the academic personnel and the students.

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Bezuidenhout Saija

University of Pretoria