As the new semester gets underway and the students in your course are just getting to know each other, consider using group work to enhance student learning. Group work has been show to increase student engagement and persistence through learning challenges. To help you plan for the challenges and opportunities of group work, UCAT is giving away a copy of Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching (2014), edited by Larry Michaelsen, Arletta Knight, and Dee Fink.
Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching describes team-based learning (TBL), an unusually powerful and versatile teaching strategy that enables teachers to take small group learning to a whole new level of effectiveness. It is the only pedagogical use of small groups that is based on a recognition of the critical difference between “groups” and “teams,” and intentionally employs specific procedures to transform newly-formed groups into high performance learning teams. This book is a complete guide to implementing TBL in a way that will promote the deep learning all teachers strive for. This is a teaching strategy that promotes critical thinking, collaboration, mastery of discipline knowledge, and the ability to apply it.
Congratulations to Peggy Hall, of Agriculture, Environmental, and Development Economics, who won a copy of Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College.