In our second Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) graduate program course, we used a Team-Based Learning (TBL) instructional strategy. This particular class was a cohort at the Cerner Innovation campus. All students were Cerner employees but the strategy works for diverse class just as well.
Here is how we presented the approach to the class. Bear in mind that we explain it more fully than is normally needed because the course is about IDT and course development. So we thought it important for the students to understand the approach.
Our Instructions at the Beginning of the Course
This course will be set up in the venue of Team Learning. This is not a venue that is used often in higher education and may be a new experience for you. This approach will tern the idea of small group work into team collaborations. Although you may have had a negative experience in the past working in teams, this approach is designed to give each participant credit for both individual learning and group construction of knowledge. The following is the structure each component of the course:
- Individual work with Content (Preparation for team work): Individual Reading and Individual Test (Multiple Choice)-This will be done outside of class time.
- Group Work: Group collaboration on Team Test (Short Answer), Appeals (Group can write an appeal for questions missed to gain additional points) this will take place in class.
- Group Activity- This is a task that can be completed within the one course session. The task will be given to you at the beginning of the class and you will have the entire time to complete it as a group.
- Group work to Solve Simple Problem- This will be started in class in class but finished throughout the learning week. Content covered in individual work will assist in solving problem.
- Group collaboration to Solve Societal Complex Problem- This will be started in class but completed throughout the learning week. Additional research will need to be conducted to solve the problem.
Here are three video overview of Team-Based Learning.
Here is a TBL collaborative you can explore to learn more about TBL and how it might apply in your discipline.