Team Based Learning

Team-Based learning (TBL) is the application of small-group, active-learning methods in an environment in which students are held responsible for both individual and group learning. Teams collaborate on application assignments during class. All teams simultaneously share their consensus answers with the entire class for easy comparison and immediate feedback. This leads to class discussion with teams defending their answers and the course facilitator helping to consolidate learning. The original idea for TBL came from Larry Michaelsen at the University of Oklahoma in the 1970s.

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and resources on TBL are provided below.

Effect of TBL on Learning

Web Sites

  • The Team-Based Learning Collaborative, an organization of educators from around the world,  encourages and supports the use of Team-Based Learning in all levels of education.
  • Learn TBL, Web site for the book Sibley, J., & Ostafichuk, P. (2015). Getting Started with Team-Based Learning. Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Videos on TBL