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 Longtin

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