Online PD Assignment
• I recently attended an ELI session on
Team-Based Learning. The following
presentation is a summary of the
material presented by Dr. Larry
Michaelsen in this Adobe Connect
What is TBL?
• According to Wikipedia:
“A term ﬁrst used by Larry Michaelsen, the
central ﬁgure in the development of the
system while at Oklahoma State University, to
describe an educational strategy that he
developed for use in academic settings”
What does it look like?
• TBL scorecard (chart)
• Larry Michaelsen introduces TBL (4
• A team and a group are not the same thing
• Team work limits the amount of content
• Better students carry less motivated peers
• Teams are ineffective unless you teach them
how to work together
• Top students are held back
How to use it?
• Student do most content work pre/post class
• Great care is used forming diverse group of
• 20-30% of class time is used for individual test,
team test, team appeals, and instructor input
on key concepts
• 70-80% of class time is used for the
development of student’s critical thinking
Why use it?
• It promotes student engagement
• More time is spent critically thinking
and less time covering course content
• This instructional strategy can be used
with a variety of delivery modes
• Every team scored better that its own best
• Lowest team is 5 points higher than the
highest individual in the entire class.
• This is the usual outcomes over a series of
semesters (8 classes, 335 students, 3.5 years).
• Once the student’s jell as a team they can do
really do great things.
How I would use it?
• Within the limitations of my institutions
Course Management System:
• Have students email a bio
• Form teams
• Create team forums and team chat areas
• Assign an individual assignment
• Then have them do the same assignment as a group in the above team forums/chat
• Have teams submit ﬁnal work to a separate team wiki
• After all team work is submitting make the team wiki visible for whole class to see