Though collaborative and active learning practices are not new, campus investments in team-based learning (TBL) classrooms beginning in 2011 have spurred extraordinary innovation and refinement of student-centered teaching by scores of faculty from all schools and colleges.
If you are interested in teaching in one of the seven team-based learning classrooms, which range in size from 54–99 seats, we have many resources to help you. Through our Faculty Voices series, campus faculty share what they've learned and impacts on their teaching and their students' learning. And, you likely have colleagues in your discipline with experiences to share, and perhaps an invitation to sit in on a class. During the Open Classroom Experience, faculty invite colleages to observe their TBL classroom sessions, especially useful if designing and facilitating an active learning environment is new to you. If you would like support in redesigning a course to take add characteristics of TBL courses—collaborative, active, flipped—you might consider the Student-Centered Teaching & Learning Fellowship. If working independently suits you better, our online Teaching Development Videos provide and overview and many specifics of student-centered course design.
Though the TBL Classrooms are in heavy use, it is still possible to teach in one of these classrooms, albeit not easy. The Registrar's Office publishes information on how to schedule a TBL Classroom.
Many faculty find the best way to start is to schedule a consultation with TEFD in a TBL Classroom, where you can share what you are interested in doing, ask whatever questions you have, and get some advice on ways of proceeding that might fit you best.
Jason Hooper working with one team in a large music theory course, as other teams engage in the activity in a TBL classroom
For more information, contact TEFD.