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Team-Based Learning, an approach first developed to facilitate active learning in large undergraduate classes, has subsequently proven to be effective in a wide range of instructional settings.

The advantages of team-based learning include improved attendance, increased pre-class preparation, better academic performance, and the development of interpersonal and team skills, in class sizes ranging from 10 to 400-plus, with courses in hundreds of academic disciplines and students ranging from freshmen on academic probation, to doctoral level students.

Team-based learning has also been shown to reduce faculty burnout by promoting increased student responsibility, engagement in the learning process, and increased opportunities for positive teacher-student interactions.

The defining characteristics of team-based learning include:

  1. Using permanent and purposefully constructed study groups.
  2. Readiness Assurance Process to ensure content coverage and promote team development.
  3. Peer evaluations to facilitate interpersonal skill development and ensure equity in grading.
  4. Shift the role of the instructor from dispenser of information to manager of the learning process.

We would like to hear your thoughts regarding the impact of team based learning and the power of study groups…

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