To maintain constant communication, the teams use a Macbased software package for Internet-based videoconferencing; e-mail and fax for data and daily message transaction; and telephone conference calling for weekly group discussion.
Communication is highly organized. Individual team members meet assigned deadlines and report back to their team. A decision by one team is forwarded to the other teams for consultation and discussion. A designated liaison at each school sends and receives messages from the other teams and disseminates the information among his own teammates. Individual members keep written logs and the teams submit weekly progress reports to their advisors.
Graduates of this project report extremely positive responses from job interviewers, who are impressed with the technical and communication expertise the graduates have gained.