Teaming and Collaboration Experience Guidelines

Students may learn the concepts involved in science team projects --team function, team roles, common goal, and utilizing strengths of team members through supervised learning experiences that have been approved to meet this important core curriculum requirement. An approved experience must contain sufficient teaming experience activities and meet the following desired outcomes:

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Ability to function in different capacities in different team settings

  • Ability to discuss and evaluate ideas with others on the team

  • Ability to integrate part of a solution with the rest of the team 



  • An experience that satisfies the Teaming and Collaboration Experience requirement should contain a series of team activities or a larger (more complex and longer in duration) project. In addition, assessment of the team effectiveness and teaming process by the supervisor/sponsor is required after every project for the series of projects or at regular intervals during the larger project. Assessment should be provided for individual members and where appropriate, the team. Peer evaluation and self-assessment/reflection components should be included.

  • Activities should be designed to utilize different strengths or different contributions of individual team members. Students should be given some guidance or preparation before engaging in the activities to describe what the goals are for the team as well as goals for each individual member of the team. Assessment should be provided for individual members and where appropriate, the team.


Approval Process

A student will identify and work with a research/work supervisor to complete the approval process. A process of observation and feedback is required. Students and their research/work supervisor should meet periodically to discuss a student’s:

  1. Role on the team and changing roles during the experience.

  2. Strengths as a team member and areas for improvement.

  3. Contributions to the team and the process of reaching project goals.

 Students will use the following process to request preapproval and final approval of their teaming experience.


Preapproval Stage


  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your interest in using an experience to meet the Teaming and Collaboration experience requirement; review the approval process and how to complete required documentation.

  2. Complete the Experiential Learning Contract.

    a. Identify an Evaluator who will:

  • Assess and evaluate your experience.  Secure this individual's signature on the contract. Submit or send the Experiential Learning Contract to or to the address below.* 

  • Complete and submit the Teaming Preapproval Form to the address listed on the bottom of the form. This form is used to document and explain how your experience it will meet the experience portion of the teaming requirement.

*Note: If an Evaluator will not be assigned until a the experience starts, please provide general contact information including location of the experience. Submit a statement to, outlining your intended experience and documenting how it will meet requirement. This statement will be evaluated pending the completion of the preapproval form by your evaluator. The Preapproval stage is not complete until the evaluator submits the Preapproval Form to the address listed on the bottom of the form and the experience is approved by a Faculty Representative.


  1. Sign the Experiential Learning Contract.

  2. Complete the Teaming Preapproval Form. This form allows an evaluator, who will assess and evaluate a student’s experience, to document the experience and how it will meet the Teaming experience requirement in College of Science core curriculum. Evaluators should be concise but thorough in their explanations. The Preapproval Form should be sent to: Science Undergraduate Advising Office, Mathematical Sciences building, Room 231,150 N University St, MA 231, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2067 or emailed to:

Faculty Representative:

A Faculty Representative will review the Experiential Learning Contract and Preapproval From to determine if the experience may be approved to meet requirement. This decision will be sent to the student and student’s advisor via Purdue email addresses.


Final Approval Stage

The following documents must be submitted for final approval of a Teaming experience.


Complete a Reflection paper (minimum 4 pages). Your submission should address the following areas:

  1. Information pertaining to the environment (ex. type of experience (research, industry, etc.) size of the team, supervisor’s role on the team, team focus, etc.).

  2. Learning Styles discussion (Kolb LSI) as presented in your Teaming Principles course. Include in your discussion similarities and differences of team your members learning/work styles and how they affected the success of the team and project(s).

  3. Discussion of roles the student assumed. Note: Students should discuss taking on different roles in their team with their evaluator so this requirement may be met.

  4. Self assessment of teaming experience and personal growth.


  1. Complete the Teaming Final Approval Form.

  2. Complete a minimum of three Teaming Rubrics Forms periodically throughout the experience to document student progress.

  3. Submit The Teaming Final Approval Form and Teaming Rubrics Forms (3) to: Science Undergraduate Advising Office, Mathematical Sciences building, Room 231,150 N University St, MA 231, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2067 or email them to:

Faculty Representative:

The Faculty Representative will review all documentation to determine if the student’s experience has met the Teaming experience requirement. Notice of approval or denial will sent to the student’s Purdue email address. The student’s academic advisor will also be contacted with the final decision.


All documentation will be collected by the Undergraduate Education Office and should be sent to:

Science Undergraduate Advising Office
Mathematical Sciences building
150 N University St, MA 231
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2067


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