Join us for Teams for Learning @ Duke

Friday, March 16, 2012

10:00am – 3:00pm
Perkins Library Room 217, Duke Campus

Join other Duke faculty who are either interested in or actively implementing team-based learning at Duke, for our first, multidisciplinary Teams for Learning @ Duke workshop. Team-based learning is a structured form of “flipping the classroom” where students learn basic content before class, get immediate feedback on their comprehension in class and then practice applying the content with their peers during class. Years of research on team-based learning show that students master course content and improve collaboration and problem solving skills.

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  • Learn why educators at Duke use team-based learning in the classroom
  • Share insights, challenges, questions and successes with Duke faculty experienced or interested in team-based learning
  • Participate in a team-based learning experience to understand the student perspective (optional)
  • Receive a book with examples of team-based learning from your discipline (for early registrants)
  • Develop a community interested in pursuing and promoting team-based learning at Duke


10:00 – 11:30 am

Introduction to Team-Based Learning (optional)
Interested in the fundamentals of team-based learning?  Want to know what iRATs, IF-AT cards and “application exercises” are?  This session is designed for faculty new to team learning. Participants will be assigned into teams, then led through a team activity to experience the student perspective first-hand.

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Dean Steve Nowicki discusses Duke’s support for innovative teaching

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch and “Why Team-Based Learning at Duke?”
A set of brief talks by Duke faculty and students who have used team-based learning, outlining their motivations, challenges, successes and ideas for future classes.

Stephen Craig, Professor, Chemistry Department

He used team-based learning in Honors Chemistry.

Alyssa Perz-Edwards, Assistant Dean at Trinity College, Director of the Cardea Fellows Program and Lecturer in the Department of Biology

She is currently teaching her third team-based learning course, using many active learning techniques.

Students will discuss their experiences with team-based learning and answer your questions, facilitated by Craig Dane Roberts, Assistant Director of Education, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences 

Will Patrick, Duke Senior
Team-based learning course: Lab course in Neuroscience

Hanna Grokenberger, Duke Sophomore
Team-based learning course: Large lecture, Intro Psychology
Number of students in class: 100

Jenny Wang, Duke Senior
Team-based learning course: Medium Lecture, Neuroscience Methods
Number of students in class: 24

Jessica Little, UNC Senior
Team-based learning course: Seminar, Learning and Memory
Number of students in class: 16

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Small group discussions of Teams for Learning and ideas for support
Each table will include at least one experienced team instructor who will discuss participant concerns and share their experiences. At the end, participants will generate suggestions for how Duke could support faculty using teams for learning.

We hope you’ll join us!

Andrea Novicki, Academic Technology Consultant, Duke Center for Instructional Technology
Morgan Barlow, Project Manager of the team-based learning initiative in Duke’s Global Health Institute
Craig Dane Roberts, Assistant Director of Education, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Where can I learn more about teams for learning?