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