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QEP: Learning in a Team Environment.: What is TBL?

Getting Started with TBL

To implement TBL, you can follow these steps, developed by the Team-Based Learning Collaborative.

According to Yale University's Center for Teaching and Learning, TBL typically follows this format:

  • Students complete pre-class readings and/or other assignments.
  • At the beginning of class, students complete an Individual Readiness Assurance Test (iRAT) to measure what they learned from their pre-class assignments. This test follows a short multiple choice format using questions that fall on the lower level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • After completing this assessment, students join with their team and complete a Team Readiness Assurance Test (tRAT).
  • The instructor provides a mini-lecture on areas where the students are still having trouble.
  • Students engage with activities that apply and extend knowledge gained.

You might also want to read the article Twelve Tips for Facilitating Team-Based Learning published in Medical Teacher.

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