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Team-Based Learning Overview

The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development has a wealth of information on active learning techniques, such as team-based learning. For questions related to integrating active learning strategies (e.g., course design, group work) or integrating academic technology (iPeer, Moodle) into your TBL course, please contact: Please check this site often as events and resources are updated regularly.

Click the headings to view more information.

Active Learning at UMass Active Learning at UMass What is TBL? What is Team-Based Learning? (iRAT/tRAT exercise)
TBL Overview Team-Based Learning Overview (from UBC) TBL Elements Essential Elements of Team-Based Learning (Michaelsen & Sweet, 2008)
New Directions in Teaching and Learning New Directions in Teaching and Learning: Active Learning Spaces (2014) Learning Spaces Learning Spaces ebook from EDUCAUSE (2006)


Immediate Classroom Support

For immediate classroom support (e.g., hardware/software malfunction), please contact:

  • 0608 Goodell: 413-545-5768
  • 25 DuBois: 413-577-12729

Team-Based Learning Topics

The following topics are essential elements of the TBL process, and useful in promoting active learning in classrooms. A two-page summary of the major points from Michaelsen, Knight, and Fink's (2004) Team-Based Learning work appears on these topics. Each summary also contains links to websites, readings, and additional tools that complement the topic.

Establishing Environments for Active Learning


Creating Meaningful Assignments that Promote Active Learning


Transforming Groups into Successful Teams


Assessing Individuals and Teams


Team-Based Learning Respository
UMass faculty who have taught in the TBL classrooms will share activities and lessons so others interested in gleaning from these examples have models to guide them through the development of a activities in their own classrooms. Examples coming soon!


Team-Based Learning Technology

The classroom laptops contain software listed in the links below:


Scheduling Requests for TBL Rooms

Instructors interested in teaching in a TBL Classroom should follow the procedure outlined below to be considered for a TBL classroom:

a) decide which course(s) you would like to teach in the TBL classroom;
b) contact your department’s scheduling representative and indicate that you would like to teach in a TBL classroom;
c) have the scheduling representative formally make a request for a TBL classroom on your behalf to the Registrar’s Office (the scheduling representative will know the process, or has the appropriate contacts in the Registrar’s Office to complete the process);
d) contact the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development to set up a consultation to discuss your course, its goals, and the type of activities you would like to adapt for the new space.

Note: the Registrar’s Office will only be able to address requests through this process. The Registrar’s Office will notify you if you are placed in a TBL classroom.

Please consider the following outlets for further assistance:

  • Monitor the CTFD’s TBL site for workshops and professional development opportunities (institutes, fellowships):
  • You can email to set up a demonstration/training session at any time. A representative from CTFD or OIT (or both) will set up a tour and/or a “hands-on” session for you to familiarize yourself with the space and its affordances.


Fellowships for Innovative Teaching (FIT)

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) has awarded 13 Fellowships for Innovative Teaching (FIT) to UMass-Amherst instructors for 2014-2015. The FIT draws upon other previous teaching-centered fellowships (e.g., TBL Fellows, TEACHnology Fellows), and will focus on active, collaborative, and innovative pedagogies that will empower faculty to take full advantage of new classroom spaces in the Integrative Learning Center (ILC). Fellows will receive support mentorship from the CTFD and instructors who have previously taught in Team-Based Learning (TBL) classrooms in Goodell and the Library.

Please click on the academic years below for a list of Fellows:

Mary Ellen Burke Nursing
Matt Davidson Psychological &d Brain Sciences
Lena Fletcher Environmental Conservation
Christin Glodek Sociology
Christiane Meyer Healey Biology
Jason Hooper Music & Dance
John Kingston Linguistics
Laetitia La Follette Art History
Graciela Monteagudo Social Thought & Political Economy
Bjorn Harald Nordtveit Educational Policy, Research, & Administration
Ellen Pader Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Reiko Sono Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
James Staros Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Team-Based Learning Fellowships

On behalf of the Provost’s Office, the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD) has piloted a unique Team-Based Learning (TBL) program (2011-2013) to explore teaching and learning strategies related to team-based learning in technologically-rich classroom environments. As part of the program, faculty fellows redesigned a course, and received consultations on pedagogy and technology; one-on-one and group support during course planning, implementation and assessment; hands-on technological training; and monthly seminar meetings throughout the academic year.

Fellows utilized the two new TBL classrooms, which serve as a model for the five TBL classrooms planned for UMass Amherst’s New Academic Classroom Building (NACB). The classrooms feature round tables of nine, designed to support three groups of three students each and a variety of active learning techniques and presentation and collaboration technologies.

The program is coordinated by the CTFD, in collaboration with Academic Computing-OIT and Academic Instructional Media Services-OIT (AIMS). The application period is currently on hiatus. Interested instructors should check for updates or review the "Team-Based Learning Professional Development & Support" (above) opportunities for more information. Please refer all questions to .

Please click on the academic years below for a list of Fellows:

2012 - 2013
Brian Bunk History
Adena Calden Mathematics & Statistics
Andrew Donson Language, Literature & Cultures
David Gross Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Sanjiv Gupta Sociology
Jenna Marquard Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Anita Milman Environmental Conservation
Craig Nicolson Environmental Conservation
Jon Olsen History
Mi-Hyun Park Civil and Environmental Engineering
Randall Phillis Biology
Stephen Schneider Astronomy
Ludmila Tyler Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Lisa Wolf Nursing

2011 - 2012
John Burand Microbiology
Brenda Bushouse Political Sciences
Glenn Caffery Resource Economics
Leda Cooks Communications
Darnton Nicholas Physics
Graham Gal School of Management
Dan Gordon History
Curt Griffin Environmental Conservation
Susan Han Microbiology
Heath Hatch Physics/Astronomy
Ken Kitchell Classics
Michael Knodler Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lynn Koerbel Public Health
Krishna Kumar Physics
Narayanan Menon Physics
Rory Miskimen Physics
Dean Robinson Political Sciences
TreaAndrea Russworm English
Risa Silverman Public Health
Richard E.A. Van Emmerik Kinesiology
Amanda Walker Johnson Anthropology
Richard Yuretich Geosciences


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