- by Mount Saint Mary College

Headshot of Micah ModellMicah Modell, assistant professor of Information Technology at Mount Saint Mary College, will present the final Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) talk of the Fall 2021 semester with "Helping teachers say 'iROCk supporting CoLab-orative teams!'" on Thursday, November 18 at 4 p.m.

The talk will take place virtually via Zoom. It is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend. Register at

Mount students, faculty, and staff can attend the event in person in DC 218.

"Long-term collaborative team projects can be challenging," said Modell, adding that sometimes, students "run into problems relating to team dynamics and team member participation."

The web application is designed to give instructors the data and support they need to help their students develop the skills necessary for success in team projects. It includes weekly self- and peer-assessment with interactive charts, a point-based system to optimize for diverse group composition, group work simulations, and a gamified collaborative reading activity.

Modell's upcoming presentation will demonstrate the functionality and usage of the web application, which teachers of all kinds may find very useful.

"I've always found value in working with others and I seek counsel whenever possible," he explained. The system has offered the opportunity "to engage seven Mount students in their research over two summers, and three students are actively participating in my supporting research group at the time of this writing."

The goal of the college's iROC is to provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with the college and local communities. Presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects.

Mount Saint Mary College, ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News & World Report, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.


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