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What is Team-Based Learning?


Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an active learning methodology that emphasizes team work as a major driving force for learning, and sets as a major goal the application of course con-cepts to solve real problems. A protocol of very specific steps organizes pre-class and class ac-tivities. Embedded motivation enhancers promote individual autonomous preparation, enga-gement in team activities and deep learning. The focus on team work makes students accountable before their teammates, which is reinforced by peer evaluation at the end of the course.


Each module (typically between five and seven in a course) runs a TBL-cycle encompassing a Readiness Assurance Process (RAP) and application activities. The RAP phase consists in individual review of instructional material, an individual readiness assurance test, a team readiness assurance test, appeals and a mini-lecture. Then teams are challenged with application activities followed by class discussion and feedback from the instructor. The design of application activities is guided by the “four S” framework:




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TBL is an efficient instructional strategy for face-to-face or distance learning courses, with teams collaborating either synchronously or asynchronously. 


To facilitate online group collaboration, students can use, for instance:



Learn more about Team-Based Learning


TEAM-BASED LEARNING (TBL): Group Work that Works The Faculty Innovation Center at The University of Texas at Austin


Introduction to Team Based Learning - TBL Methodology