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Welcome to the Team-Based Learning (TBL) Homepage

Two features distinguish Team-Based Learning from other forms of teaching with small groups and make it an especially powerful form of teaching and learning:

"TEAMS" are distinct from and more powerful than "GROUPS"

  • When a teacher initially puts students into a group, the students are a "group," not a "team."
  • As the students begin to trust each other and develop a commitment to the goals and welfare of the group, they become a team.
  • When they become a cohesive team, the team can do things that neither a single individual nor a newly-formed group can do.
  • Team-based learning starts with groups and then creates the conditions that enable them to become teams.

The elements of the TBL STRATEGY are mutually self-supporting; hence, THE WHOLE IS MUCH GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS

  • Appropriately forming teams ensures that they will have the resources needed to complete assignments that are difficult enough to produce significant learning.
  • Using an appropriate grading system provides incentives for individual pre-class preparation and for expending time and effort on behalf of their team.
  • Using the Readiness Assurance Process ensures that students will complete pre-class assignments so that they are prepared for in-class team work.
  • Using effective application-focused team assignments both builds team cohesiveness and rewards students for taking responsibility for their own pre-class preparation.

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Team-Based Learning for Health Professions Education: A Guide to Using Small Groups for Improving Learning,
edited by Larry K. Michaelsen, Dean X. Parmelee, Kathryn K. McMahon, and Ruth E. Levine
Stylus Publishing, Sterling VA

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Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching,
edited by Larry K. Michaelsen, Arletta B. Knight,
and L. Dee Fink.
Stylus Publishing, Sterling VA

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University of Central Missouri Team-based Learning Website. 
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