Teamwork is at the core of many careers and life pursuits. We recognize that teamwork is essential to the experience of many of our students’ interests, so we offer team-based learning.
Students work together in a virtual team to explore and develop skills and techniques in an area of common interest. In each team offering, students create original work as they learn from experts and receive feedback from peers. For example, a team of students in Digital Photography may work with an expert to build their understanding of best practices in landscape photography and then work together to develop the various skills and techniques associated with creating high quality landscape photos.
The team works collaboratively to develop various skills and techniques while giving and receiving feedback to improve the quality of work. The results could then be published to promote the student’s work.
Each student is responsible for meeting due dates throughout while also producing a final product that can then be published if desired.
Team courses typically run 18 weeks, start on a specific date and have periodic due dates for work throughout. Students have some flexibility regarding when they complete work but are expected to complete tasks by the due dates determined by the instructor.
Using virtual meeting tools, instructors meet regularly with the team and sub-groups within the team, communicate with the team through emails and provide feedback and individual support as needed.
No, Although it is a group task, each person will be assessed based on his/her individual work and will not be penalized for someone else not doing their work.
Team offerings start periodically throughout the year. Please see the learning catalog for specific information on start dates.
Enroll in Team offerings as you would for any other VLACS offering. Select ‘Enroll’ from the VLACS website and follow the instructions. A student must enroll in the entire competency grouping (segment 1).
The total estimated completion time is 16-18 weeks.
Each Team Course consists of 4-5 competencies bundled as 0.5 credit.
No, you will need to meet with the members of your Team periodically, but all meetings will be held online in the virtual meeting room.