Research has shown time and again that active learning enhances the learning process and bolsters student engagement. The big question is how to smoothly integrate these educational theories into the classroom – especially large classrooms – without overburdening instructors.

Team-Based Learning is one instructional method designed to address this challenge. With TBL, instruction is based on a three-step cycle – preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing and an application-focused exercise – and can work in small and large classrooms alike.

The readiness assurance testing consists of an individual readiness assurance test (IRAT), which students complete individually in class, and a team readiness assurance test (TRAT) that they take as part of a collaborative team. Teams then work together on a more in-depth exercise and share their answers with the whole class, prompting a robust discussion and classroom engagement among all of the students.

How can TurningPoint help to support TBL in your classroom?

Team Assignment
Let students choose their own teams by using a Team Assignment slide, or simply assign them yourself through TurningPoint’s Manage tab.

Instant Assessments
One of the challenges of TBL is finding an efficient way to give and then quickly evaluate the IRAT and TRAT. Administering the tests with TurningPoint is simple and provides instructors and students with instant results.

Real-Time Engagement
Students will receive frequent and immediate feedback during class with TurningPoint. This vital information helps to foster student collaboration and spur team discussions.

Participant and Team Leader Boards
Add an element of competition to accelerate learning by using these features to display the top individual and/or team participants ranked by total points.