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


Team-Based Learning is 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 exercises. A class typically includes one module.

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative


Backward Design

The backward design approach encourages instructors to establish the purpose of doing something before implementing it. In this method of design, learning goals are set before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment. Because TBL courses usually focus on content learners’ need for future use, using backward design will help to ensure the necessary content is actually covered in the module.


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