Event title:

An Introduction to Team-Based Learning

Event details

Event details

Tuesday, 13th April 2021
14:00 - 16:00
  Team-based learning     Workshops  

Event description

Event description

In this session Clare Killingback will share the good, the bad, and the ugly from using a Team-based Learning (TBL) approach to teach a Level 4 research module for Physiotherapy students. TBL is a specific pedagogic approach. It uses a flipped classroom where students work in fixed, diverse teams and has five essential components:

  1. Individual pre-work: Students engage with preparatory materials such as reading, video lectures, workbooks etc.
  2. Individual Readiness Assurance Tests (iRAT): An individual quiz which consists of 10-20 multiple choice questions based on pre-work.
  3. Team Readiness Assurance Tests (tRAT): After submitting the iRAT, students repeat the same test in teams.
  4. Clarification session: After the RATs lecturers can clarify any areas that the students were finding challenging.
  5. Application Exercises: Students work in their teams on activities which allow them to apply and expand learning. The lecturer then facilitates a discussion among the teams about the possible solutions.

Many of us already use these elements in our teaching. However, bringing all these components together under the banner of TBL has been found to be an excellent way of engaging students in deeper levels of learning with strong peer-support.

This event is aimed for all teaching staff.


By the end of the activity, participants will be able to: 

  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges of using a team-based learning approach.
  • Identify a possible module where team-based learning might be effective in the participants programme.
  • Apply elements of team-based learning to pedagogic practice.


UK Professional Standards Framework (HEA, 2011)

UK Professional Standards Framework (HEA, 2011) outlines the core Activities (A), Knowledge (K) and Values (V) that underpin teaching and learning activity in HE. The University of Hull's Teaching Excellence Academy align all events to this framework.

A1: Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study

A2: Teach and/or support learning

K2: Appropriate methods for teaching, learning and assessing in the subject area and at the level of the academic programme.



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