The ability to successfully work in teams is a crucial part of an engineer's workplace success. Engineering education can be improved through a better understanding of how effective teamwork develops. A (patent pending) software tool that "listens" to team conversations and generates automatic interventions into team discourse can effectively mimic the actions of a skilled facilitator. Automated facilitation tools may help students improve their team skills by providing a simplified model for conversational interventions, which students can readily imitate. This paper describes this tool and presents preliminary findings from student reactions to the tool's use.

Meeting Name

35th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (2005: Oct. 19-22, Indianapolis, IN)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Second Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Third Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Fourth Department

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Dialogue; Human-Computer Interface; Intelligent Systems; Teams

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

0780390776; 9780780390775

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)


Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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