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Team Based Learning

Allow students to practice with the course content and apply their knowledge by solving problems in groups

How does it work?

Team-based learning is an evidence based collaborative pedagogical practice that goes beyond the memorization of knowledge. The learning strategy ensures that students have the opportunity to practice with the course content and apply their knowledge to solve single or multiple problems in a group context. Group work is central here to improving students’ ability to apply their knowledge and reason about the correct answers.

The Team Based Learning tool is designed around two main “modules” which are the Individual Readiness Assurance Test (iRAT) and Team Readiness Assurance Test (tRAT) steps. The teacher sets up a multiple choice quiz with deadlines and instructions. This quiz is then completed twice by students, once in an individual setting (iRAT step) and once in a group setting (tRAT step).

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Tool Features

The tool enables students to complete the second step of the multiple choice quiz (tRAT step) in groups which the teachers can import directly from the LMS. The first student to enter the tRAT step will be automatically assigned as the group leader of the group and will be able to answer on behalf of the group. The answers and progress will be automatically updated for the rest of the group members.

Scratch-off questions (also known as the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT)) are enabled in the tRAT step of the tool. Unlike regular multiple choice questions, scratch-off questions provide students with multiple attempts to answer the question and only reveal whether the answer is correct after submitting. If the selected answer was incorrect, this is revealed to the student, but the other answers remain veiled. This gives the students in the group limited information that challenges them to carefully identify their false assumptions.

Teachers can set deadlines for when they would like both the iRAT and the tRAT steps to be available for students and be closed for students. They can schedule a specific time for the opening and closing of the steps or adjust this manually.

The tool offers teachers analytics on how questions are answered by students in both the iRAT and tRAT step including detailed information such as number of correct answers, skip rate and the attempts and time per question. This can provide teachers with further insights in which questions were difficult to answer for students and help them dive into those further with the class after the activity.

The tool also offers students a summary of their performance after they have completed both the iRAT and tRAT steps of the Team-Based Learning activity. Through this summary, they are able to make a comparison of how they performed individually versus in the group. 

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Pedagogical value

Teaching value

A multiphase activity that incentivises students to come to class prepared, and allows teachers to identify trouble-spots easily with detailed analysis on individual and team performance. Team-Based Learning supports teaching that moves up in Bloom’s Taxonomy while advancing higher-order cognitive skills like collaborative learning and critical thinking.

Learning value

TBL provokes high enthusiasm and participation in students. Students get to experience a swift transformation of groups into teams, and witness how they are stronger together. Introverted students feel valued for their contributions, and all students enjoy a higher degree of autonomy and a call upon growing their higher cognitive faculties.

The AI-tool Automated Feedback on writing gives students instant feedback on the quality of academic writing in assignments, thesis, and other deliverables. Students improve their academic writing skills by receiving direct in-line feedback, resulting in more permanent and actionable learning. As importantly, the tool also reduces the time spent on assignment review for teachers, allowing them to reallocate their time on providing feedback on the content rather than the form. 

Fleur Prinsen Testimonial

The TBL tool can help instructors untap the full potential of the TBL methodology. However, it can also be used outside the TBL cycle. At the end of the day, it’s a tool that allows students to complete multiple-choice choices in groups and to receive interactive feedback on their choices. This can be a great way of fostering discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

Fernando Pastor Merchante

Assistant Professor of Administrative Law
Fleur Prinsen Testimonial

Dotank makes it possible to innovate education based on shared concerns in educational practice, in collaboration between institutes of higher education.

Dr. Fleur Prinsen

Teacher
Jeroen Prent Testimonial

With the tools of FeedbackFruits, our students collaborate more and learn from one another in different scenarios as they would in professional life.

Jeroen Prent

Education Manager

I am using FeedbackFruits as I needed a platform that allows students to work together in a very easy way.

Peter Linde

Teacher

Using FeedbackFruits is a way of ensuring that students prepare for the classes so that they have done the reading and also thought about the reading before coming to class.

Dr. Margriet van der Waal

Teacher

I noticed that learning of students improved. First, they were enthusiastic about the tool and also interaction between students really helped them to better prepared for the subject.

Dr. Arnold Moene

Teacher

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Data Secure certification

FeedbackFruits received the Data Secure certification issued by Better Security Management (BSM) validating the security of FeedbackFruits platform and database. As an educational technology provider, we give the utmost importance to protecting and safely storing data of all our business partners.

Frequently asked questions

Are there notifications available?

Students are notified of activities (for comment replies, upvotes, deadlines) via email once a day. For teachers, notifications are sent if there are comments directly linked to them.

Will students still see deadlines in the LMS calendar?

Yes, deadlines for assignments will be synced and pushed directly to the LMS calendar.

Are the assignments reusable?

Yes, teachers can reuse the assignments they created by choosing ‘copy from existing’ in the set up.

How do students keep track of their progress?

Students can keep track of their progress through the various process trackers and tabs available in assignments. Additionally, students will get additional notifications when deadlines are approaching.

Is there analytics of student performance available?

Yes, we provide an overview of student progress in all tools along with more in-depth performance analytics according to each tool.

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