Team work and assessment strategies/tools – Team Based Learning assessments (TBL) and the use of Campus Pack Wiki for group work
Xiaojun (Ping) Yin Senior Lecturer
College of Engineering
Two of the most sought-after skills/competencies by employers of our graduates are the ability to learn and the ability to work well within a team. However, group work within an academic context is often difficult to organise, manage and coordinate. Students could walk away from assessments feeling that they have been unfairly disadvantaged, despite doing a large amount of work. This workshop aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of Team Based Learning (TBL) assessment as an engaging learning and teaching strategy and the use of Campus Pack Wiki as an innovative tool to help students to develop communication skills whilst working in a team. The workshop will be delivered through audience participation in groups, completing a TBL assessment exercise and using Campus Pack Wiki as team work platform to share resources, information and opinions.
The workshop will be divided into two parts, with Part 1 focusing on the use of Team Based Learning (TBL) as a leaning teaching strategy and Part 2 on the use of Campus Pack Wiki.
TBL is an evidence based peer learning teaching strategy. The key to the effectiveness of TBL is in stepping away from the norm of teacher lead instruction and instead the focus is placed on students taking responsibilities for their own learning, and they are assessed through how they engage in activities that require them to apply the concepts learnt. The workshop will take the audience through the typical 3 three-step cycle for TBLs: preparation, in class readiness assurance testing and participation-focused exercise. The audience will be asked to read a leaflet on TBL, to mimic the typical preparation process. They will then be asked to complete an individual Readiness Assurance Test (iRAT) in MCQ format followed by a team Readiness Assurance Test (tRAT) on blackboard. This part of the session will finish on a team based activity where the audience will be applying what they have learnt during the session to report group opinions on the topic.
The implementation of Wikis as a part of a group project has been shown to be a useful platform for students to share ideas, communicate with other group member and help facilitate project management. Group Wikis could help to create an electronic communal work environment which may be preferred by students or be a substitute communal environment for groups not able to meet and converse regularly. In addition, the Wiki could enhance the instructor’s ability to observe team dynamics and be used as an effective tool for feedback. For the second part of the workshop, the audience groups will be using a Campus Pack Wiki as a tool to summarise whether the group as a whole would use TBL assessment for the teaching of a particular topic.
team, TBL, Wiki, group, assessment
There are many advantages in using team based learning strategies and the skills developed through team work activities might be essential for a curriculum. Even though the practical organisation of team based learning and assessment activities could present a number of challenges, there are effective tools we could adopt to help improve engagement and the learning experience.