The role of team contracts in higher education.
Learn more about team contracts and tips for creating successful ones in the classroom setting and beyond.
Teams come in many different forms at the college and university level — from sports and debate teams to class projects, activist groups, and more. While great things can be sparked by collaboration, group work can also present its own set of challenges. To help your students get the most out of their group efforts, let’s explore the role of a team contract and how it can help keep everyone on track.
Team contracts explained.
A team contract is a formal agreement between students that ensures all team members are on the same page. It outlines the expectations of each student, as well as the assignment of specific tasks and roles. Students will typically create a contract themselves and then sign it to show their commitment to the group.
Team contracts aren’t just limited to the classroom either — athletes, musicians, and extracurricular clubs are just some of the groups that can benefit from team contracts and agreements.
Tips for creating effective team contracts.
Many of the problems that arise from group projects stem from unclear goals and expectations. You can support your students by ensuring their contracts include these basics:
- All team member names and contact information
- A clearly defined team goal or outcome
- An outline of project milestones and due dates
- A schedule for meetings or other check-ins
- An agreed-upon method for peer feedback
- A place for each team member’s signature
While team contracts can be written in nearly any format, it’s often helpful to have a digital version. That way, the contract can be sent to every team member, making it easy to follow and reference throughout the project.
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