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Hostos Teaching Institute: Team-based learning: Getting started

Learn more about team-based learning

Team-Based Learning for Undergraduates

A short introduction to Team-Based Learning in an undergraduate setting, with observations by students and faculty.

Some definitions of Team-Based Learning

What is Team-Based Learning?


An "instructional strategy that promotes active learning in small groups that form a team over time"  -- Gomez et al, 2009.

An "evidence based collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction, known as “modules,” that are taught in a three-step cycle: preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing, and application-focused exercise." -- Team-Based Learning Collaborative.

A "structured form of small-group learning that emphasizes student preparation out of class and application of knowledge in class." -- Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching.

"The defining characteristics of TBL include: (1) using permanent and purposefully heterogeneous work groups; (2) beginning each instructional unit with a Readiness Assurance Process to ensure content coverage and promote team development; (3) using peer evaluations to facilitate interpersonal skill development and ensure equity in grading; and (4) devoting the vast majority of the class time to small group activities, necessitating a shift in the role of the instructor from dispenser of information to manager of the learning process." Michaelsen and Sweet in the NEA Advocate


October 21st workshop on Team-Based Learning

Workshop  facilitator:

Prof. Sandy Figueroa (

Other presenters:

Prof. Patricia Lopez (

Prof. Tram Nguyen (

Ed Tech & Library support:

Iber Poma (

Lisa Tappeiner (


Hostos Teaching Institute 2016-17

Libguides for other Hostos Teaching Institute workshops in AY 2016-17