Essential Studies Teamwork Course Approval

Learning Outcome and Criteria

Oregon Tech students will collaborate effectively in teams or groups.


Teamwork encompasses the ability to accomplish group tasks and resolve conflict within groups and teams while maintaining and building positive relationships within these groups. Team members should participate in productive roles and provide leadership to enable an interdependent group to function effectively.

Criteria for Teamwork Assessment

The following are criteria used in the assessment of student work:

  • Identify and Achieve Goal/Purpose: Share common goals and purpose.
  • Assume Roles and Responsibilities: Fulfill roles and responsibilities, including leadership roles, which are clearly defined and shared. Members are motivated to complete work in a timely manner and provide leadership in meetings.
  • Communicate Effectively: Communicate openly and respectfully, listen to ideas, and support and encourage each other.
  • Reconcile Disagreement: Welcome disagreement and use difference to improve decisions.
  • Contribute Appropriately: Contribute to discussions, decision-making, and work. The work product is a collective effort.
  • Develop Strategies for Effective Action: Use effective decision making processes to decide on action, share expectations for outcomes, and reach consensus on decisions.
  • Adjust for Differences: Recognize and adapt to differences in background and communication style.

Required Information for Essential Studies Approval

During the current implementation phase of Essential Studies, we are seeking Essential Studies Course Approval applications for courses at the Foundation and Essential Practice levels (Processes for Program-Integrated Practice, ESSE, and Capstone courses may differ, and will be further defined as we move forward.)

In order to ease the transition to Essential Studies, and provide predictability for students, departments, and programs, GEAC is soliciting Foundation and Essential Practice course approval applications only from courses that fulfill requirements in the prior general education framework. In a few limited cases, to build out course lists, ESLO committees may reach out to invite particular faculty and departments to submit applications.

For the Teamwork outcome, there is no Essential Practice requirement, and the Foundation requirement is fulfilled by SPE221, so no specific courses beyond this are being solicited for teamwork at this time.

To submit a course, provide the following information:

  1. A CPC New Course Request or Course Change form, if needed. (Note: An existing course with no changes to course title, description, credits or prerequisites does not require submission to CPC; rather submit items 2-4 directly to GEAC, by emailing them to Nellie Stewart. If CPC changes are required, attached the documents below to your CPC submission.)
  2. A Essential Studies Course Approval Form (see link at right) with chair and dean signatures
  3. A detailed course syllabus that includes (a) course outcomes, (b) identification of appropriate ESLO(s). (Note: Make sure that the activities of the course integrate the outcomes as listed in the syllabus.)
  4. An assignment requiring student work appropriate for proficiency assessment in the identified ESLO.

Following submission for Essential Studies approval, a course undergoes a review process involving GEAC and the associated ESLO committee.

Approval Criteria for Teamwork Courses

Foundation Courses

  • Taught by content area expert
  • Teamwork the primary focus of the course
  • Introduces theoretical knowledge
  • Provides opportunity for practice and skill acquisition
  • Teamwork outcomes clearly stated in course objectives
  • Includes assessment via the teamwork rubric (knowledge and skill assessed)
  • Teamwork knowledge and skills part of course grade

Program-Integrated Practice Courses

  • Instructor has received training on the practice and process of teamwork
  • Instructor has received training on assessing teamwork
  • Some instruction on teamwork (e.g., readings) is provided to students
  • An opportunity for teamwork is provided that
    • Has intentional/meaningful purpose for the group
    • Requires interdependence in working toward a common goal
    • Maintains group membership over a prolonged period of time
    • Includes 3 to 9 members
    • Product is graded as a unit
  • Teamwork knowledge and skills are assessed via teamwork rubric

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Teamwork ESLO Committee

Trevor Petersen, Chair
Kevin Brown
Evelyn Hobbs
Josie Hudspeth
Don Lee
Don McDonnell