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Getting Started with Team-Based Learning by
Publication Date: 2014-09-03
This book is written for anyone who has been inspired by the idea of Team-Based Learning (TBL) through his or her reading, a workshop, or a colleague's enthusiasm, and then asks the inevitable question: how do I start? Written by five authors who use TBL in their teaching and who are internationally recognized as mentors and trainers of faculty making the switch to TBL, the book also presents the tips and insights of 46 faculty members from around the world who have adopted this teaching method. TBL is a uniquely powerful form of small group learning. It harnesses the power of teams and social learning with accountability structures and instructional sequences. This book provides the guidance, from first principles to examples of practice, together with concrete advice, suggestions, and tips to help you succeed in the TBL classroom. This book will help you understand what TBL is and why it is so powerful. You will find what you need to plan, build, implement, and use TBL effectively. This book will appeal to both the novice and the expert TBL teacher.
Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities by
Publication Date: 2012-01-24
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a unique, powerful, and proven form of small-group learning that is being increasingly adopted in higher education. Teachers who use TBL report high levels of engagement, critical thinking, and retention among their students. TBL has been used successfully in both small and large classes, in computer-supported and online classes; and because it is group work that works, it has been implemented in nearly every discipline and in countries around the world. This book introduces the elements of TBL and how to apply them in the social sciences and humanities. It describes the four essential elements of TBL - readiness assurance, design of application exercises, permanent teams, peer evaluation - and pays particular attention to the specification of learning outcomes, which can be a unique challenge in these fields. The core of the book consists of examples of how TBL has been incorporated into the cultures of disciplines as varied as economics, education, literature, politics, psychology, and theatre. The authors explain why they felt a need to change how they taught and why they chose TBL. Furthermore, each chapter provides examples of the assignments and exercises they use to help their students achieve the specific learning outcomes of their courses. At a time of increasing course sizes, and emphasis on learning outcomes, TBL offers the means to meet such demands while connecting students to their coursework, and stimulating their intellectual engagement.
ITLAL offers information and services to help UA instructors institute TBL. They "exist to serve the faculty and teaching staff through programs of instructional, curriculum
and faculty development."
Watch a panel of UAlbany instructors talk about using TBL. This program was offered by ITLAL on March 11, 2013.The actual panel discussion begins at the 1:00:30 point of this recording, the earlier sections being a modeling of 4-S for the local audience.
Key TBL Resources
An outstanding resource, providing links to a wide variety of pedagogical materials on all aspects of TBL. Also provides links to a listserv for instructors, the annual conference, videos, news items, and more.
The University at Albany's Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership provides consultations and workshops about TBL for faculty members, and a range of support services including mid-term surveys.