A New Model for Student Learning: Using Team-based Learning in Information Literacy Courses

Live Webcast
October 4, 2012
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

120 minutes (1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central)

Description:  Team-based learning (TBL), which uses a very structured approach to student learning in teams, has enormous potential when used when teaching information literacy credit-bearing courses and can even be valuable in one-shot instruction sessions. Developed by Larry Michaelsen in the late 1970s, TBL includes key components connected to student preparation for in-class work, permanent teams, and student accountability. While TBL shares some characteristics with problem-based learning and the flipped model of learning, it has unique elements that make it a particularly powerful teaching/learning approach. TBL also includes application exercises, an element that works very well in connection with both the practical and the conceptual aspects of IL courses.

Using some of TBL’s structures and the breakout rooms available in Elluminate, we will introduce participants to the four critical components of TBL, and their application in an information literacy credit-bearing course.  We will discuss how TBL has radically changed our teaching and our students’ engagement and learning. We have taught a large number of sections of two different courses using TBL, after having taught in a more traditional manner for many years,  thus enabling us to make direct comparisons. Following the overview of TBL, we will discuss how to use elements of TBL in shorter, more traditional information literacy instruction.  Participants will have the opportunity not only to ask questions, but also to present student-engagement situations in their courses that are troublesome, and the presenters will address how (or if) TBL might present a potential solution. The session will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the teaching method, and to determine if it is something about which they would like to learn more.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to enumerate basic TBL practices
  • Recognize TBL’s benefits for teaching information literacy courses and one-shot sessions.
  • Delve further into TBL in preparation for using it in your own teaching

Target audience: Academic librarians who provide information literacy instruction, particularly those who teach IL courses

Presenters: Greg Bobish
Information Literacy Librarian
University Library
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222
518 442-3591

Trudi E. Jacobson
Head, Information Literacy Dept.
University Library
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222
518 442-3581

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