Students doing a chemistry experiment in class. The students are all wearing protective safety goggles.Topic Overview

Team-based learning courses are not organized initially around what you want the students to know, but instead what you want them to be able to do. Wiggins and McTighe (1998) coined the term “backward design” to describe the process of building courses that focus on what students will be able to do by the end of the course.  The Team-Based Learning Collaborative is an organization of educators from around the world who encourage and support the use of Team-Based Learning in all levels of education.

Strategies

Attend

Team-Based Learning Workshops.

Join the UF-TBLGROUP-L listserv to connect with other faculty who are using or are interested in using TBL. Contact Dr. Wayne McCormack to be added to the list.

Team-Based Learning

Teams are given an appropriate problem or challenge and must arrive at a consensus to choose a “best” solution out of options provided. Teams then display their answer choice, and the educator facilitates a classroom discussion between teams to explore the topic and the possible answers to the problem (Team-Based Learning Collaborative).

Resources

Diving Deeper/Research