Supporting Project Team Formation for Self-directed Learners

Howard Spoelstra, Peter Van Rosmalen, Peter Sloep

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    The outcomes of project-based learning can be optimized if team formation experts assemble the project teams. For self-directed learners in globalized online learning settings human team formation experts might be unavailable. The question is addressed about how to provide team formation services for such learners. A model of the team formation process is defined, based on current team formation theory. It is used to design an automated team formation service that can be used by self-directed learners to form teams for project-based learning. Starting from a project description situated in a knowledge domain, the model defines three categories of variables that govern the team formation process: knowledge, personality and preferences. Learners’ scores on these categories are analyzed and combined into scores on the new concept of a learners’ “project suitability”, on the base of which teams can be suggested. A discussion of the outcomes and an overview of future research are included.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-96
    Number of pages8
    JournalDefault journal
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2012


    • project-based learning
    • project team formation
    • self-directed learning
    • learning networks
    • team formation service
    • computer supported group formation

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