References and Resources
Resource list originally developed for CTREE 2017 Workshop - Ruder, Simkins, ...
teambasedlearning.org | This is the home page of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative. The site offers free basic materials (including a short video overview) for teachers interested in TBL. This site also offers sample TBL modules and other materials behind a modest paywall.
learntbl.ca | Jim Sibley offers extensive free materials to support teaching with TBL. The link below provides a list of Jim's "suggested readings", both about TBL and teaching more generally.
University of British Columbia (UBC) Portalfor variety of materials related to TBL | Use the drop-down menu to access resources on: What is TBL?, Using Teams Properly, Ensuring Student Readiness, Teams Solving Problems, Making Students Accountable, and IF-AT Scratch Cards
Useful Books - Starting Points for TBL
The following books are key resources and valuable starting points for those interested in team-based learning.
- Michaelsen, L. K., Knight, A. B., & Fink, L. D. (2002). Team-Based Learning: A Transformative use of Small Groups. Sterling, VA.: Stylus Publishing (sample chapter at tbl more resources site)
- Sibley, J., & Ostafichuk, P. (2014). Getting Started with Team-Based Learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC. (Chapter 1 included in reading packet.)
- Sweet, M., & Michaelsen, L. K. (2012). Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
TBL in Economics
Useful discussions of how to apply TBL in economics courses.
- Espey, M. (2011). Team-based learning in economics: A pareto improvement, in Sweet and Michaelsen (2012, see above).
- Hettler, P. L. (2015). Student demographics and the impact of team-based learning. International Advances in Economic Research, 21, 413-422.
- Imazeki, J. (2015). Getting students to do economics: An introduction to team-based learning. International Advances in Economic Research, 21, 399-412.
A "review and synthesis (of) the educational literature with respect to TBL." The authors note "early evidence of positive educational outcomes" and a need for "more rigorous testing" as this teaching practice reaches "an important maturation point."
- Haidet, P., Kubitz, K., & McCormack, W.T. (2014). Analysis of the team-based learning literature: TBL comes of age. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 25, 303-333.
TBL Application Exercises
Some resources to get you started with this important TBL component
- Roberson, B., & Franchini, B. (2014). Effective task design for the TBL classroom. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 25, 3&4, 275-302.
- Maier, M. (2017). Team-based learning and cooperative learning: Lessons for group work in economics. Presented at Allied Social Sciences Association Meeting (January)
TBL Tools - Some Starting Points
- IF-AT Scratch-Off Forms
- ZipGrade App
- A-B-C-D Response Cards - Includes a Word document template, or Google "ABCD Response Cards Template"
General Teaching Resources Supporting TBL
The Freeman, et al., meta-study provides strong evidence in favor of active learning. Also included below are commentaries by research-based-teaching advocate and Nobel-prize-winning physicist, Carl Wieman.
- Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M.P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 23, 8410-8415.
Wieman, C. E. (2014). Large-scale comparison of science teaching methods sends clear message. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 23, 8319-20.
- National Public Radio, (April 14, 2016). A Nobel laureate's education plea: Revolutionize teaching. NPR Ed: NPR, 2016-4.
Useful guides for introducing active learning pedagogy to students
- Balan, P., Clark, M., & Restal, G. (2015). Preparing students for flipped or team-based learning methods. Education + Training. 57, 6, 639-657.
- Chasteen, S., Boudreaux, A. & Gaffney, J. (2013) Framing the Interactive Engagement Classroom. Science Education Initiative: University of Colorado - Boulder.
These are key sources on backward (beginning with the end in mind) course design.
- Fink, L. D. (2013) Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons
- A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Effective Learning - a 37-page booklet full of ideas for designing/redesigning your course to promote significant student learning
Design Learning - more resources from Dee Fink on designing significant learning experiences
- Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design, Expanded 2nd Edition. Alexandria: ASCD.
- What is Backward Design? Chapter 1 from Wiggins and McTighe.
Evidence-based Teaching Practices
A host of free resources online at the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at the University of British Columbia
Recent research on evidence-based teaching strategies, from the National Research Council
- Kober, N. & National Research Council (U.S.). (2015). Reaching students: What research says about effective instruction in undergraduate science and engineering.
A high-quality summary of effective, evidence-based learning strategies - and how to promote them in your courses
- Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it stick: The science of successful learning. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. (see also the "Related Links" on this page)
Useful all-around introductions to key learning principles and their application in teaching
- Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., Mayer, R. E., & Norman, M. K.. (2013). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Lang, J. M. (2016). Small teaching: Everyday lessons from the science of learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- James Lang's page on Small Teaching