Team-Based Learning Programs

Because of enhanced student engagement and learning gains demonstrated by Team-Based Learning research, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has placed TBL as a priority initiative. Each semester, CELT offers a team-based learning workshop to help teachers implement this flipped classroom method. CELT also supports an ongoing faculty learning community. After learning the completing the TBL workshop, ISU faculty and TAs are invited to join the Team-Based Learning Community for additional support from excited, motivated TBL implementers.

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Series: The Research-Based Flipped Classroom – Team-Based Learning

Team-Based Learning (TBL) Learning Community

Team-Based Learning Scholars

Team-Based Learning Workshops

How-to Register


Series: The Research-Based Flipped Classroom – Team-Based Learning

Faculty, staff or graduate teaching assistants may choose to attend one of the following program offerings:

The research-based flipped classroom and team-based learning (TBL),” an increasingly-popular form of flipped-classroom where small-group learning that can be implemented effectively in small or large classes. TBL was originally developed nearly 40 years ago by a professor of organizational psychology to maximize the power of teams, and carefully designed to avoid the pitfalls of small group learning.

TBL provides students with a more intimate, small class feel even in large theater-style classrooms with fixed seats. TBL teachers report high levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking. TBL students report enjoying class and being more motivated and actively engaged. Collaboration in teams builds student problem-solving skills that are valued by employers in real-life workplace environments. Just like on the job, participants are expected to be responsible and prepared as individuals and then bring their best efforts into group activities.

Facilitated by Holly Bender, Associate Director, CELT and Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology


Team-Based Learning – Learning Community (TBL FLC)

(Prerequisite: Team-Based Learning Teaching & Learning Circle or Workshop Series)

Meets on the following days in 2030 Morrill Hall

  • Thursdays from 2:10 – 3:30 p.m.: August 31, September 28, and October 26
  • Fridays from 1:10 – 2:30 p.m.: September 15, October 13, and November 10

TBL Scholars (a sub-group of TBL FLC)

Meets on the following days in 2030 Morrill Hall:

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 19 from 1:10 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16 from 2:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Graduates of the TBL Teaching and Learning Circle are invited to participate in the TBL Learning Community. We work as teams to optimize application exercises, readiness assurance tests, peer evaluation, and other aspects of course design, and also invite speakers to facilitate discussions of TBL theory, research and classroom application. Facilitator: Meghan Gillette, Senior Lecturer, Human Development and Family Studies

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Team-Based Learning Workshops

Workshop: They Didn’t Want to Leave at the End: How TBL can transform your classroom

Wednesday, September 6 (1:10 – 2:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

Professor Elgin Johnston and Senior Lecturer Heather Bolles, Mathematics, share their journey reformatting how calculus is taught at ISU. Implementing active learning and clickers; earning HHMI, Miller, and Flipped Classroom grants and other funding; changing TBL to fit mathematics; building community among students; and recording and reporting learning gains are some of the tools Drs. Bolles and Johnston will discuss. Participants will leave this session understanding ways TBL can change their classrooms, prepared to apply for TBL grants, and ready to structure TBL-based Scholarship of Teaching and Learning efforts.

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How-to Register

Register using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, or email celt@iastate.edu or call 515-294-5357 with your name, program, and program dates.

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