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Northwest Missouri State University

Dan Smith's CATME SMARTER Teamwork System

Dan Smith - CATME SMARTER Teamwork System

Mr. Dan Smith, Assistant Professor
Political Science Department
CATME SMARTER Teamwork System for Group Creation

Some courses today require the use of groups from day one. The issue that instructors/professors face is they do not know the students’ strengths and weaknesses well enough to create groups. Mr. Dan Smith wanted his students to work as ‘law firms’ for the term, so he discovered that CATME SMARTER Teamwork would allow him to assess the students’ strengths and weaknesses. This saved a lot of valuable time in the classroom and assisted with the creation of some very dynamic groups.

Mr. Smith began using CATME SMARTER Teamwork system in the fall 2014 semester. During this term, Mr. Smith had his students complete the CATME team-assignment survey. This survey asks several questions regarding such criteria as schedule, grade-point average, software skills, discipline, commitment level, etc. The CATME SMARTER Teamwork system then assigned students to groups based upon the responses to the criteria and the importance Mr. Smith assigned to each criterion.

CATME SMARTER Teamwork is available free of charge via the Internet. You can use CATME as well by going to You will need to request an account using your Northwest email account.

Mr. Dan Smith is an assistant professor in the Political Science department.  If you are interested in learning more about how Mr. Smith used CATME Smarter Teamwork to enhance the group dynamics in his course, contact him at or x-1293 or the CITE Office at and x-1532.