Don’t Flip Out! Exploring Team-Based Learning

This webinar will explore the fundamentals of team-based learning (TBL), a small group–based instructional strategy. Participants will learn the framework of traditional TBL as well as gain more in-depth information on the essential elements of TBL, including group formation, accountability, feedback, and assignment creation. Some typical examples of how TBL is being executed in health profession education courses will be highlighted, with more time dedicated to how TBL is more likely to be done in library instruction. Participants will learn how TBL differs from problem-based learning (PBL) and other flipped classroom techniques and how they might be able to pull in TBL elements into their next instructional opportunity.

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • explain the fundamentals of TBL, including the four essential principles
  • identify the benefits and challenges of TBL for librarians
  • understand the importance of the individual and group readiness assessments as well as the team assignment
  • be able to think about a standard library instruction session through the TBL lens 

Brandi Tuttle, AHIP, is a research & education librarian at the Duke University Medical Center Library and serves as liaison to the Physician Assistants and the Pathologists’ Assistants Programs. She has used the TBL approach in many classes with medical students, physician assistant students, and physical therapy students. She has attended workshops led by Larry Michaelsen, creator of TBL; presented at MLA’s annual meeting and the Triangle Research Libraries Network’s annual conference on the application of TBL; and coauthored the “Team-Based Learning” chapter in the book, Curriculum-Based Library Instruction. She has over a decade of experience teaching in academic health sciences libraries and eagerly seeks out new ways to engage her students. Tuttle received her master of science in library and information science degree from the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign and went through the State Library of North Carolina’s master trainer program in 2009.