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Discovery Curriculum Teaching Toolbox


Team-based Learning (TBL)

TBL in the Classroom

  • Spend some quality time upfront orienting the students to this process; it is very different from other approaches to teaching
  • Set expectations : establish the grading weights for individual/group/peer contributions
  • Be sure to manage the physical space in the room you use for TBL; create a comfortable environment for group interaction
  • Use the Audience Response System (ARS) to display your iRAT and/or gRAT as well as the record of the results

Basic TBL Process

  1. Create Course Objectives
  2. Select pre-class work
  3. Lead Readiness Assurance Process (RAP)
  • Pre-class Work- Reading
  • iRAT
  • gRAT
  • Post RAT lecture

    4. Open Application Exercise

  • Significant
  • Same
  • Single Answer
  • Simultaneous sharing

Benefits of TBL

  • Course objectives become applying and integrating the content rather than knowing the content
  • Students move from passive to active and accountable learning
  • Students receive frequent and timely feedback
  • TBL enhances student problem-solving skills and promotes teamwork
  • TBL replaces or reduces lecture time

Resources Available

  • PDF
  1. Planning Worksheet
  2. Student Orientation to TBL
  3. Grading Guidelines
  4. Application Exercise
  5. Peer Evaluation
  • Websites
  1. Team-Based Learning Collaborative
  2. Duke University School of Medicine TBL (Video)

Need Help? Contact Diane Wilke-Zemanovic, Sue Korek, or Diane Brown at

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