Team-Based Learning Overview
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 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.
- (University of Florida): Two-day TBL Workshop
- Teaching Beyond the Podium podcast (Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Florida): TBL | Transcript (.pdf)
- TBLC: Team-Based Learning Collaborative website
- Cynthia J. Brame (Vanderbilt University): TBL
- TBLC: Brief tour of the entire TBL process (12:03)
- Tracy R. Frame, et al. (2015). Student Perceptions of TBL vs Traditional Lecture-based Learning
- Jonathan D. Kibble, et al. (2016). TBL in Large Enrollment Classes
- Patricia Hrynchak & Helen Batty (2012). The Educational Theory Basis of TBL
- Larry K. Michaelsen, et al. (2002). TBL: A Transformative Use of Small Groups