Team-based Learning

Team-Based Learning Collaborative is an interesting initiative who encourages and supports the use of Team-Based Learning in all levels of education.

Team-Based Learning is defined as: an evidence based collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction, known as “modules,” that are taught in a three-step cycle: preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing, and application-focused exercise. A class typically includes one module.

It would be interesting to explore how far ideas of team-based learning overlap with those of mentoring – and peer learning.

It appears that Team-based Learning is more goal orientated than process orientated.

Team-Based Learning implementation is based on four underlying principles (Michaelsen & Richards 2005):

  1. Groups should be properly formed (e.g. Intellectual talent should be equally distributed among the groups). These teams are fixed for the whole course.
  2. Students are accountable for their pre-learning and for working in teams.
  3. Team assignments must promote both learning and team development.
  4. Students must receive frequent and immediate feedback.

For those that want to find out more, the website includes resources for further reading – plus videos and training and teaching materials.

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