Mastery projects in the undergraduate robot study team : A case study

Ahlgren, D. and Verner, I. (2009) Mastery projects in the undergraduate robot study team : A case study. [Conference Proceedings]

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This case study considers undergraduate team projects in which students develop robots and participate in robot competitions through collective and highly interdependent learning activities. We propose a project guidance approach that aims to achieve high levels of both team performance and individual learning outcomes. The main idea is that in addition to the team project assignment we add individual assignments aimed at developing team-members' mastery of specific robotics areas and fostering their self-efficacy. The positive results of the reported approach, evident from the projects performed by the Trinity College Robot Study Team during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 academic years, enable us to recommend its further development and its use by other institutions. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2009.

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Additional Information: Conference code: 77079; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Ahlgren, D.; Trinity CollegeIreland; References: Jones, B., Valdez, G., Nowakowski, J., Rasmussen, C., (1994) Designing Learning and Technology for Educational Reform, , Oak Brook, IL; Cannon-Bowers, J., Salas, E., Reflections on Shared Cognition (2001) Journal of Organizational Behavior, 22, pp. 195-202; Pack, D., Avanzato, R., Ahlgren, D., Verner, I., Fire-Fighting Mobile Robotics and Interdisciplinary Design-Comparative Perspectives (2004) IEEE Transaction on Education, 47 (3), pp. 369-376; Whitney, K., Improving Group Task Performance: The Role of Group Goals and Group Efficacy (1994) Human Performance, 7 (1), pp. 55-78; Gibson, C., The Efficacy Advantage: Factors Related to the Formation of Group Efficacy (2003) Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33, pp. 2153-2186; Bandura, A., (1997) Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, , Freeman, New York; Katz-Navon, T., Erez, M., When Collective- and Self-Efficacy Affect Team Performance: The Role of Task Interdependence (2005) Small Group Research, 36, pp. 437-465; Ponton, M., Edmister, J., Ukeiley, L., Seiner, J., Understanding the role of self-efficacy in engineering education (2001) Journal of Engineering Education, 90 (2), pp. 247-251; Ahlgren, D.J., Verner, I.M., Building Self-Efficacy in Robotics Education (2007) Proc. of 2007 ASEE Annual Conference, , Honolulu; Bhandari, S., Gautam, P., Ahlgren, D., Implementation of RF communication with TDMA algorithm in swarm robots (2008) Proc. IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications, pp. 68-73; Nepal, K., Fine, A., Imam, N., Pietrocola, D., Robertson, N., Ahlgren, D., Combining a Modified Vector Field Histogram Algorithm and Real-time Image Processing for Unknown Environment Navigation (2009) Proc. IS&T/SPIE 21 st Annual Symposium, , San Jose, January
Uncontrolled Keywords: Further development; Individual assignments; Individual learning; Learning Activity; Robot competitions; Self efficacy; Team performance; Team projects; Trinity College; Research; Robots
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 03:06
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 03:06

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