2012 Team-Based Learning Course Design Fellows


Dates: May-December 2012.

Enthusiasm for team-based learning is growing at Duke, in both arts and sciences and in the medical school, and a number of faculty have participated in team-based learning workshops. This fellowship program was designed to assist faculty and their teaching assistants who planned to teach a course using team-based learning (TBL) in the upcoming academic year. Participants worked together on course design, effective group formation, peer evaluation strategies, design of readiness assessments and assignments and communication with students. The fellowship began at the end of May and run through December of 2012. Participants prepared a course taught with team-based learning techniques.

Planned Activities

The Fellowship met five times before the beginning of fall semester to plan the courses, then met monthly during the fall to hear from those teaching in the fall. Participants shared progress in designing the courses and got feedback, and discussed TBL literature to help inform their planning. Team-based learning practitioners, both within and outside of Duke will met with the participants to answer their questions and discuss aspects of team-based learning that would facilitate their courses. This fellowship focused on designing team-based learning activities that take place during the class meetings, and course structure to support team-based learning.


All participants will be able to discuss and apply the principles of team-based learning to a course in their discipline. They will be able to create teams, design appropriate application exercises, select effective methods of peer-evaluation and grading.  Participants will be able to give appropriate suggestions and advice to others in the fellowship, and will also be able to serve as a resource for other interested faculty who have not participated in the fellowship.


Participants designed and delivered courses using team-based learning elements during the 2012-2013 academic year. Read more about the results in CIT Team-Based Learning Course Design Fellowship Wrap Up or download the PDF report.


Nicholas Carnes, Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy
Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Statistical Science
Dennis Clements, Professor of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, and Global Health
Daniel Gauthier, Professor of Physics
Michelle Hartman, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Alison Hill, Lecturer, Biology
Katie Kretovich, Graduate Student, Cell and Molecular Biology
Cory Krupp, Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy
Laura Lieber, Associate Professor for the Department of Religion
Richard Lucic, Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Associate Chair, Department of Computer Science and Curriculum Director, Information Science and Information Studies
Yuvon Mobley, Graduate Student, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Dick MacPhail, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Alyssa Perz-Edwards, Assistant Dean of Trinity College and Lecturer in Biology
Chantal Reid, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Biology and Environmental Sciences & Policy
Rebecca Vidra, Lecturer, Environmental Sciences & Policy

Additional, occasional participants:
Stephen Craig, Professor of Chemistry
Roxanne Springer, Professor of Physics


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