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Educators Summit: Strategies for Creating Productive, Healthy Student Teams


The best games are cohesive, engaging experiences. The process of making them should be as well. Instead, many of our student project teams are plagued by so many communication and team dynamics issues that projects stall and some students even grow to dread any type of teamwork. In my undergraduate programming classes and graduate game development process class, I've adopted three strategies to help students proactively build healthy, inclusive environments where they can all contribute to the best of their ability. As a result, I've seen students build better games with less stress and uncertainty - even when working 100% remotely. While the depth and details vary for undergraduate vs. graduate teams, the overall approach is the same and can be applied to any team-based course element.

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