Team-Based Learning: A Special Way of Using Small Groups in the Health Sciences


Photo of Dee Fink, Ph.DDee Fink, Ph.D., nationally recognized expert on various aspects of teaching in higher education, former president of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education

Many health science instructors use small groups in their courses. While this generally makes a course more active, students (and even teachers) may feel that these efforts do not result in worthwhile learning experiences. In fact, students may say they “hate small group work.” This happens when teachers don’t manage the dynamics of group work properly.

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Fink will introduce the ideas and practices of team-based learning (TBL) – a special way of using small groups. Effective TBL uses a specific sequence of activities that (a) accelerate the transformation of “groups” into “teams” and (b) direct the dynamic energy of teams in a way that results in high levels of student engagement and high-quality student learning. During this workshop, participants will not only learn about team-based learning, they will experience it.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:


Wednesday, May 16

9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Light pastries and coffee will be provided.)


School of Medicine, B Instructional Building, Room 115

  • Identify the essential components of team-based learning (TBL)
  • Form the groups for TBL
  • Create effective assignments for groups/teams
  • Create a grading system for a course that includes graded group work
  • Describe the common problems that users encounter – and the solutions to these problems
  • Describe the benefits that can be expected when team-based learning is used properly

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Sponsored by the HSC-Delphi Faculty Development Partnership

Continuing Education Credit for Medical, Nursing and Dentistry Faculty

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For All School of Medicine Participants:

The University of Louisville is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education.

The University of Louisville Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For All School of Nursing Participants:

This program has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 3.6 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital, provider number 4-0068-7-18-867. The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content.

For All School of Dentistry Participants:

If continuing education credits are being requested for your attendance in this course you must register online through the School of Dentistry’s registration portal and you must register with the Delphi Center using the registration button above. Pre-registration for continuing education from the School of Dentistry should be completed by May 9.

These hours meet the requirements outlined in 201 KAR 8:532 for dentists and 201 KAR 8:562 for dental hygienists under:

  • Knowledge of subjects pertinent to patient management, safety, and oral healthcare
  • Increase knowledge of office business operations and best practices

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