Melissa Schuessler, Senior Teaching Fellow, shares how Belbin adds to the student experience and makes life easier for academics.
Each student completes their own Belbin Self Perception Inventory as part of their two-week induction. Our courses all require students to work in groups and Belbin is a reliable and easily administered tool that helps us – and our students – work in diverse teams where everyone can make a valuable contribution.
In the first semester, we spend two weeks discussing theories of group work. As part of this, students are put into teams. They share and discuss their Belbin Reports. They are a perfect way for students to introduce themselves and get to know each other without revealing anything of a personal nature. We use Belbin exclusively to form teams and facilitate their development.
In the second semester, students can choose their own teams for projects – we encourage them to use their Belbin Reports to form balanced teams.
Students appreciate having the Reports as a tool to facilitate what could otherwise be a tricky conversation.
When teams have problems we use them to mediate on the issues. We use the Belbin Reports to resolve conflict and make the experience an additional teaching opportunity. This concrete contribution helps the conversations enormously.
Academics also appreciate Belbin because it is easy to administer. International students can complete their own Report in their first language and receive the output in both languages so that they can use them both for their learning and development.
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