FIRMS (updated November 18, 2013)

On the first day of class students will be assigned to a team or "firm" of 4-5 students, through a transparent selection process designed to produce diverse groups of teams. These teams will sit together for all classes. On quiz days, after individual responses are tallied through the response device system ("clickers"), for some questions the instructor will set aside time for team discussion after which individual students will be able to respond again, and the second answer will be counted along with the first. Studies of team-based-learning indicate that effectively functioning teams will usually outperform individual student scores. Other tasks will regularly be assigned for teamwork during class time.

The quiz score total for the semester will be adjusted to include a component that reflects both what your fellow firm members think of your contribution to the work of the firm and the quality of your own assessment of your fellow firm members, as follows:

1) Each student will assign either 0, 0.5, or 1 point to each other firm member as a score that reflects how diligent and constructive the student had been as a firm member in light of the firm's conduct rules. The maximum number of points available to distribute is 2.5. No fraction other than 0.5 can be assigned. Thus the maximum possible bonus points added to the quiz total that a given firm member can receive is 4; the minimum would be 0. The scoring system is intended to encourage thoughtful allocation of scores since the full 2.5 can be utilized only by giving at least one firm member a score other than an "average" score of 0.5.

Modifications for the four-member firm, Amigos:
-- Total available points to each student member of the firm to distribute among the other three firm members will be 2.0.
-- The instructor will serve as "the 5th member" of the firm for scoring purposes, and can distribute 2.5 among the four members. The instructor will take into account the feedback comments in distributing scores.

2) Each student will receive from the instructor 0, 0.5, or 1 point for the feedback comment provided for each other firm member. One point will only be awarded if thoughtful and meaningful feedback is provided with specific reference to at least one of the firm's rules of conduct. Concrete examples are encouraged of how the member did or did not contribute to the work of the firm, and such examples are required if the score is either 0 or 1. The total number of bonus points added to the quiz total for excellent feedback is 4.

Modification for the four-member firm, Amigos: the instructor will divide the total feedback score by three, add that to the total feedback score and round up.

There are now 5 Survey Monkey links, one for each firm member including yourself. (There are only four for Amigos). The links are listed in alphabetical order, e.g. PeerReview1 is for reviewing the person in each firm whose last name is closest to "Aardvark" and PeerReview5 is for the firm member whose name is closest to "Zymurgy." Question 3 in each form lists only the firm member names that are to be reviewed by that form. You will skip the PeerReview link that corresponds to your alphabetical placement; you will know to skip a form if you see that your name appears in Question 3 as a person to be reviewed. Thus if your name is closest to A in your firm, you will skip PeerReview1 and fill out PeerReview2 - 5.

Firm Member 1:
Firm Member 2:
Firm Member 3:
Firm Member 4:
Firm Member 5:

The feedback forms must be completed for every other member in your firm by 5pm on Tuesday, December 3. The forms require a password which is F13Review

For more information on the application of team-based learning to teaching Professional Responsibility, see Reading 4 assigned for Class One (Glesner-Fines).