Date: Monday, Aug 20, 2018

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Nanaimo Campus

B305, R509

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2018 VIU Team-Based Learning Course (Re-)Design Program

Workshop: August 20-22, for Fall 2018 Implementation

The evidence is solid in support of the teaching strategy called “Team-Based Learning,” developed by Larry K. Michaelsen. Much more than the simple use of groups, Team-Based Learning is a method that fosters greater student independence and personal responsibility for learning. In any discipline and with any content. The key is a simple, coherent set of instructional protocols that, when adopted consistently, ensure that all the forces for engagement are aligned for high-level learning and analytical thinking.

Here is what VIU Teaching Faculty are saying about Team-Based Learning:

“For the first time my students are consistently coming to class prepared.”
“I used to hate teaching this course because the content was so dry. Now I’m enjoying it, and my students are really getting into it.”
“The other day I went 20 minutes over the scheduled class time, and NO ONE said anything, they were THAT engaged!”
“The most interesting change in student behavior was the fact that every day that I arrived they had already organized the tables into teams and were studying together.”
“My students tell me I’m like a new teacher. My whole outlook on teaching has changed!”

Participants in the Team-Based Learning Course (Re-)Design program will learn reliable ways to ensure student buy-in and productive interactions. TBL practices are specifically designed to eliminate the most common types of less-than-productive student behaviour, such as failing to prepare, social loafing, reluctance to participate or dominance by strong personalities during discussions.

By the end of the lead-off workshops (August 20 and 22), you will have in your possession major components of your redesigned course, for the purposing of implementation in the Fall 2018 semester. You will also have a toolbox of key practices, and a reliable template for course outlines and assignments where students consistently take ownership of their learning. And you will have access throughout the semester to personalized support as you teach your course for the first time with TBL.

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If you have questions, please contact either Tine Reimers ( or Bill Roberson (

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