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Getting Started with Team-based Learning

Getting Started with Team-based Learning,Larry K. Michaelsen

Getting Started with Team-based Learning   (Citations: 19)
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In order to start using team-based learning, teachers need to understand the key principles involved and the desired sequence of events in a team-based learning class. In this essay, after explaining what it is that gives learning teams their unusual and special capability for promoting significant learning, Michaelsen identifies the four key principles that govern the effective use of learning teams (Part I) and then describes what happens from start to finish in a team-based learning course (Part II). At the end of the chapter, he also has a few comments about why he believes team-based learning is such an attractive option for teachers in a variety of teaching situations. The tremendous power of team-based learning is derived from a single factor: the high level of cohesiveness that can be developed within student learning groups. In other words, the effectiveness of team-based learning as an instructional strategy is based on the fact that it nurtures the development of high levels of group cohesiveness which, in turn, results in a wide variety of other positive outcomes. It clearly takes a transformation process to evolve a small group into a powerful, cohesive learning team. The paragraphs that follow will outline a set of principles and practices that are critical to this transformation process. Part I of this essay presents four key principles for implementing team-based learning and outlines why they must be followed. Part II provides a discussion of the steps involved in actually implementing team-based learning. Part III describes the benefits of team-based learning, especially its adaptability across a variety
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