On March 3rd, the Team-Based Learning Collaborative(TBLC) hosted its annual seminar in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ThinkSpace community members presented a session at the seminar demonstrating the applications of Team-Based Learning (TBL) in ThinkSpace. Leveraging ThinkSpace to facilitate collaboration, we took session attendees through exercises modeling how their students would work in teams using ThinkSpace. Our goal with the session was to expand familiarity with ThinkSpace in the TBL community and form partnerships and collaborations to improve the effectiveness of TBL features in ThinkSpace.
We came away from TBLC with a greater appreciation for TBL and strengthened understanding of the needs of educators who use TBL in their classrooms. The importance of spending time up front to make sure your cases properly address your learning objectives was emphasized in several discussions. We attended a session specifically on assessing the effectiveness of team-based modules and how to map class activities to learning goals by using a rubric as a guide.
We also heard from people who are heavily involved in the Team-Based Learning community about the lack of centralized technical support for TBL and TBL activities such as iRAT/tRAT, motivating us to explore the possibilities of adding these to our TBL suite. All in all, the experience reinforced our goal to make ThinkSpace an accessible, comprehensive resource for scalable and efficient implementations of TBL.