Introduction: It’s a pleasure to introduce Danilo Symonette, a current McNair Scholar who has been part of the program since 2018. Danilo is entering his final year as a Computer Science major. This summer he has had the opportunity to conduct research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where Danilo's research was based around evaluating machine learning models in detecting struggle and confusion in voice data features. We are super excited to hear about your research at MIT, Danilo!
Abstract: Teamwork skills are crucial to college students, both at university and afterwards. However, few tools exist to monitor student teamwork and to help students develop teamwork skills. We present a tool which collects the interactions of students who are using online platforms to complete a sustained task as a team; conducts a range of analyses of these data; and then presents information about team and team member behaviors in real time on a digital dashboard. This dashboard provides instructors with a user-friendly picture of team and team-member dynamics, which can also be made available, as appropriate, to both teams and team members. While some behaviors have been shown to be (or are self-evidently) beneficial or harmful to team performance, these data and analyses also make possible exploration of whether less obvious behaviors affect team outcomes and performance.