To be successful in today’s workplace, engineering and
computer science students must possess high levels of teamwork
skills. Unfortunately, most engineering programs provide little
or no specific instruction in this area. This paper outlines an
assessment-driven approach toward teaching teamwork skills.
Working with the Industrial Advisory Board for the College, a
set of performance criteria for teamwork was developed. This
set of criteria was used to build an assessment instrument to
measure the extent to which students are able to achieve the
necessary skills. This set of criteria provides a clear basis for
the development of an approach toward teaching teamwork
skills. Furthermore, the results from the assessment can be used
to adjust the teaching techniques to address the particular skills
where students show some weaknesses. Although this effort is
in the early stages, the approach seems promising and will be
improved over time.