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Effective and Engaging Teamwork

Time limit: 731 days


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Course Description

This digital course, called Effective and Engaging Teamwork, will cover basic information you need to help you create productive opportunities for student to student interactions and collaborations, consider ways to prevent and handle common concerns around teamwork, and fairly assess these interactions.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this digital course, you will be able to:

  • Define “teamwork” and determine whether and how teamwork can be implemented to achieve your course learning outcomes
  • Determine how to create, manage, and assess student teams
  • Identify how to use online tools to facilitate team collaboration and communication


  1. What Is Teamwork?
  2. Instructor Preparation for Teamwork
  3. Forming
  4. Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning


This digital course consists of four lessons, which altogether will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Additional resources or tips for further exploration are provided at the end of each lesson. Each lesson culminates in a knowledge check to confirm what you have learned and move on to the next lesson.

Intended Audience

UMD faculty, staff, and graduate students


Once you have engaged with all of the pages and completed all of the assignments in this course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Open Learning. If you have questions or issues receiving your certificate of completion, please email

Keep an eye out for announcements to come soon about similar offerings from the University of Maryland's Teaching Academy. Once the Teaching Academy is live, you will be able to apply your completion of this digital course towards that non-credit certificate program!

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