Team Based Learning Rooms

University of Massachusetts Amherst has a total of seven Team-Based Learning (TBL) classrooms on campus to promote active and collaborative learning.  Since 2011, scores of faculty from a wide variety of disciplines have been using collaborative and active learning practices in these classrooms to promote high-impact learning.
Many faculty foster effective active and collaborative learning environments without need for or access to the seven TBL classrooms. Though TBL classrooms have affordances that facilitate collaboration, they are by no means the only site of teaching innovation and effectiveness.

TBL Classroom Locations and Characteristics:

Building

Room

Student seats

laptop OS

Opening date

Tech emergency #

Du Bois

25

90

Windows

Fall 2011

577-1294

Goodell

608

54

Mac/Windows

Fall 2011

545-5768

ILC

N111

63

Windows

Fall 2014

545-8992

ILC

S110

99

Windows

Fall 2014

545-8992

ILC

S120

99

Windows

Fall 2014

545-8992

ILC

S220

99

Mac/Windows

Fall 2014

545-8992

ILC

S311

81

Mac/Windows

Fall 2014

545-8992

 

The TBL classrooms’ layout encourages student-centered teaching and learning where student/faculty and student/student interactions are encouraged by round tables and technologies throughout the room. Each table has 9 chairs, 3 computers, a wall display, and a whiteboard, with the additional capability of hooking up student-owned laptops and smart technology. A variety of technologies promote sharing student work between teams.  All TBL rooms have an instruction station with central controls and features that enable the instructor to move around the classroom. 

Teaching in TBL Classrooms
Instructors with questions about requesting TBL classrooms, choosing and using technologies in TBL, active learning course design, or feedback and consultation based on course experiences can contact TBLclassrooms@umass.edu. This contact is part of a strong campus TBL support network informed by the varied experiences of faculty and students that seeks to help instructors develop their own practices to use TBL classrooms effectively and reach their goals for student learning.

Scheduling TBL Classrooms
If you believe a TBL classroom would help you create a high-impact learning environment for your students, it is important that you express this interest explicitly and before scheduling request deadlines. Faculty who wish to teach in a TBL Classroom should contact TEFD through TBLclassrooms@umass.edu to discuss ways to develop and demonstrate preparedness.

Scheduling Representatives should request TBL room through CAPS.  Please make sure it is in the ‘facility comment’ in the meetings Panel for the section.   While TBL classrooms are heavily used, off-peak times are often available, and we will do our best to explore options with you that might work, should you have any scheduling flexibility.  If you would like to discuss the process beforehand, feel free to contact TEFD.