Student ownership of learning…Motivation to prepare…Analytical, critical, and creative thinking…Learning autonomy… these are among the student attributes many of us want to foster daily through our teaching. These are also the attributes that the Team-Based Learning instructional model, developed by Michaelsen, Knight and Fink, is specifically designed to promote in students.
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is currently being used successfully at VIU by over 30 faculty members (see VIU News article), and by thousands more instructors across North America and beyond, in courses with large and small enrolments, at all levels, in fields as disparate as English, Geology, Engineering, Art and Design, Nursing, Social Work, Mathematics, Statistics, Criminology, Sociology, Management, Accounting, Hospitality, Anthropology, and Resource Management, to name a few. We are also seeing uptake by Vocational Trades programs, such as Heavy Mechanical, Hairdressing, and Welding.
Surprising to many who are new to the model, the most important design element of TBL is not group work. More fundamental is alignment of processes to ensure student preparation with strategically crafted assignments that require students to think for themselves. The “team” social environment, which gives TBL its name, is used to promote student responsibility, confidence and courage in the face of highly challenging learning activities.
The December 2017 Team-Based Learning (TBL) Institute takes participants through the process of transforming a traditional course into a TBL course, in preparation for delivery beginning in January 2018. The event will be facilitated by veteran users of and trainers of faculty using the TBL method. Bill Roberson and Marilyn Funk of VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning will be joined by TBL author and veteran trainer, Jim Sibley of University of British Columbia.
This program is appropriate for instructors teaching in any discipline and in any level of the curriculum in post-secondary institutions. Instructors of first and second-year courses where students struggle to get traction, as well as instructors of large classes, are especially encouraged to apply, to explore ways we can challenge students authentically, while ensuring they belong to a community that helps them succeed.
While the Institute is conceived primarily for VIU faculty members, VIU is making available a few seats for non-VIU faculty who are looking for this type of learning opportunity. Guest fees are $375 (CAD) plus GST, which cover a two-day workshop (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM) including a light breakfast, lunch, consultations with veteran TBL practitioners, and a copy of Getting Started with Team-Based Learning (Sibley, Ostafichuk, Roberson and Franchini).
Guest Registration: https://survey.viu.ca/December2017GUESTTeam-BasedLearning.survey
For more information, contact Bill.Roberson@viu.ca (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning)