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 exercise.

Why Would I Use TBL?
Comprehension of Learning Objectives and provides feedback for Learners. This teaching strategy reduces the amount of time spent lecturing and increases group work.
When Can I Use TBL?
Zgheib and colleagues(2010) investigated the impact of team-based learning for second year medical students in a pharmacology course. They found that team-based learning approaches were more effective than traditional lecture-based pedagogy for improving student learning of difficult concepts, but were not more effective for easier concepts.

Krista Hoffmann-Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis