Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dr. Barnes attends CAFE program series focusing on team-based learning facilitation skills

Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice faculty, has been attending the Team-Based Learning (TBL) Facilitation Skills program series presented by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE)  this semester.  The most recent session was designed for those faculty who already have some background in TBL and allowed faculty to discuss the modules they have been developing or implementing and to share ideas and strategies.

This TBL series focuses on developing and implementing a team-based learning (TBL) module for a course.  Dr. Barnes is using TBL in his course, JUST 330 - Justice and Society.

Team-based learning (TBL) is an increasingly-popular form of small group learning with four components: 1) permanent teams, 2) readiness assurance, 3) application activities, and 4) peer evaluation.

TBL teachers report high levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking, and TBL students report being more motivated and enjoying class more, even when the subject is not in their major.