Yes, TBL can be slightly more difficult to set up that other more traditional approaches, but it really pays off.
We have made it a pretty straight forward process within LAMS, from creating a TBL design to run it with your students. So, don't panic 😃.
This short video will show you how the TBL process is supported and enhanced with LAMS. It also will give you a brief idea on how LAMS works for creating learning designs.
First, you need to create a learning design based on the Team Based Learning Strategy. Sounds like a mouthful, but it's actually pretty straight forward.
TBL is a teachings strategy that follows a structured workflow of activities and it goes as follows:
Starts with an Introduction This can be a introduction to TBL or the subject it self if you students are already familiar with the TBL workflow.
Then, Team Formation. There are many ways to create teams or reuse teams from previous lessons, we'll cover this shortly. Teams formation uses the group activity in LAMS.
Followed by at Gate A gate to control the student's flow. By using gates allows you to control when students can begin an activity. Gates give you the overall management of students's flow in the lesson. You will see a few gates in the design, these gates will help you to decide when students should begin or finish different activities.
Next, it's the iRAT The Individual Readiness Assurance Test (iRAT) is where the students will take the RAT questions individually.
Leader selection The Leader Selection activity, where students get to discuss and select who will be the person that will act a "leader" for the group. This person will be the one that select and write the answer on behalf of the team. The reason we put this as a separate activity is because we want the students to understand the importance of the role, not just as a mere note taker, but as a person that commits the team to a consensus answers, encourage other team members to participate and also importantly, keep track of time.
tRAT Then we are up to the tRAT or Team Readiness Assurance Test -which contains the same questions as the iRAT but now to be answered as a team. In the tRAT the team leader will answer the questions on behalf of the team and also might raise challenges or burning questions when the team feels that clarification or further details on the subject is required.
One or more Application Exercises According to the learning outcomes to be covered in your TBL design, you might have one or more Application Exercises. These AEs are real and authentic cases where students in their own teams will get to apply and expand on the knowledge they have just learned and tested previously (in the iRAT and tRAT).
Periodically, TBL might use a Self & Peer Review activity This stage is an periodical component of the team-based learning process. Usually used at the middle or end of the course, .
Final reflection This is technically not part of the TBL process, but it's encouraged. In this activity, students are asked to reflect on their key learning points covered by the lesson. This reflections aim to solidify key learning concepts for the students and can later be reviewed by them as preparation for other assessments/exams.
Well, one way is to recreate the workflow of the learning design above -if you like to do this, here you can download the TBL learning design that presented above and substitute the content with your content.
Alternatively, and probably the easier way, is to use the LAMS TBL Design Wizard to create learning designs based on TBL activity workflow as you can see in the next section.