Featured TBL Video
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a unique and powerful form of small group learning that enables you to realize the full potential of the flipped classroom by providing coherent organizational structures to design your entire course. By using TBL you can ensure that your students come to class prepared and then help them build on their preparation to turn them into masters at applying the course content to solve problems.
At its heart, TBL is about student teams making judgements and difficult decisions – based on complex data analysis – then publicly committing to those decisions and quickly and efficiently getting focused feedback on the quality of their decision-making. This decision and feedback loop helps students clarify their thinking and deepen their learning.
What instructors are saying about TBL
What do I see when TBL is implemented well? Students excited about learning, and faculty falling in love with teaching. Lots of energy in the room. Lots of engagement. The way learning should be.Holly Bender Veterinary Pathology, Iowa State University [i]
It means fun! I don’t have to lecture, which I hated. I get to know my students. TBL is a heck of a lot more work than lecturing, but it’s also a lot more fun.Mary Hadley Chemistry and Geology, Minnesota State University–Mankato [i]
I would say if you’re motivated to have fun in the classroom and want to enjoy every class, and you want the students to leave energized about your subject, this is for you. Now I will not teach a course without Team-Based Learning.Brenda Collings Accounting, University of New Brunswick, Saint John [i]
When I adopted this, it was a turning point in my career, and I became a much happier professor, and I think students became happier, and they learned more in my classes.Brent Maclaine Literature, University of Prince Edward Island [i]
The rewards are incredible. The energy in the classroom is phenomenal, and the feedback we’ve gotten from faculty is sky-high in terms of preference for TBL and not wanting to go back to lectures.Chris Burns Microbiology, University of Illinois [i]
I love the enthusiasm and energy of students. It’s just so much more fun.Larry Michaelsen Business, University of Central Missouri [i]