Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Building 305, Room 507
The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is seeking adventurous instructors to create a cohort of colleagues in the adoption of Team-Based Learning for the Fall 2016 semester. Successful recipients will implement the Michaelsen Model of Team-Based using the principles and practices that are described on the Team-Based Learning website and in the description below. This project is open to teaching faculty members, sessional instructors, and any VIU staff members who teach. All disciplines are welcome.
Applications for this project will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled with successful applicants. To apply: Registration website (opens in a new window)
What is Team-Based Learning (TBL)?
Team-Based Learning is not simply group work. TBL is a comprehensive instructional model that allows university teachers to target higher intellectual goals while fostering greater student independence and accountability. The principle? Design well, ensure that the structure you build holds students accountable for both their individual and team performance, and then get out of students’ way while they figure things out! TBL is currently being used successfully in thousands of classrooms in North America, Australia, Europe and South America, in fields as disparate as Biology and Chemistry, Literature, Nursing, Computer Science, Political Science, Social Work, Information Literacy, History, Art, Physics, and Philosophy, to name just a few. This project will take you through the process of transforming a traditional course in any discipline into a TBL course.
What does the Research Say?
A rich body of research has been emerging steadily to show the effectiveness of the Michaelsen model.
- University of British Columbia: Drop rates for an introductory programming course (Computer Science) went down 18% when instruction changed from traditional lecture to TBL format. (2008)
- University of Oklahoma: Pharmacy students performed 14% higher against a standard in courses using TBL (2008)
- State University of New York: Philosophy students taught in the TBL format improved student critical thinking ability dramatically when measured against students in traditionally taught sections using identical examination instruments (2010-2014)
- Wright State University: Medical students performed significantly better on comprehensive exams for content taught using TBL (2010)
This project is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to learn the TBL model, design and plan a course using the model, implement the new design, and receive direct structured feedback from colleagues and Centre staff, as well as students.
Schedule of events
- Before May 17: selection of readings, which will be distributed electronically
- Tuesday, May 17: Day One, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
- May 18: Independent work (3-4 hours) to begin designing a course using TBL
- Thursday, May 19: Day Two: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
- August 23: Ready, Set, Launch Meeting: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Benchmarks and Expectations
- Complete a reading assignment in advance of the first meeting of the 2-day workshop
- Attend the 2 full-day immersion workshop on TBL practices and course design on May 17 and 19, 8:30AM - 3:30PM (Nanaimo Campus)
- Complete a substantial (3-4 hour) course design assignment on Wednesday, May 18 - between the two meeting days.
- Redesign (using all the key components of the Michaelsen TBL model) a course that will be taught in Fall 2016 semester
- Receive feedback on the new design and course outline, before implementing
- Co-develop (with colleagues and CIEL staff) the first two weeks of lesson plans for the course
- Open your class to visits by CIEL staff members and faculty colleagues
- Survey students before midpoint of Fall semester, and reflect on student feedback
- Meet with cohort members near midpoint of semester for debrief of your experience
- Write a one-page summary of the implementation experience, and describe the impact on you as a teacher - for completion by mid-December 2016.
Audience: Open to anyone who is teaching a class in Fall 2016 through application
Application: Registration website (opens in a new window) application deadline is April 13.
Questions? Bill.Roberson@viu.ca, Curriculum,Teaching and Learning Specialist, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning