Team-Based Learning in Information Literacy courses improves grades

Published on
June 21, 2016

The Library piloted Team-Based Learning in one of the Information Literacy courses. Marijn Post presented the findings of this method at a conference in Reykjavik.

The method Team-Based Learning (TBL) is based on the ‘Flip the Classroom’ concept. In TBL students study the material at home and their knowledge is tested individually and in teams at the start of the next class. Mini-lectures are given only on the concepts that students find the most difficult. After these tests and mini-lectures the students are ready to apply their knowledge to solve cases.

We implemented the TBL method in a first-year bachelor information literacy course and analyzed the results. TBL resulted in higher scores at the final information literacy exam. Students were also active during working classes and they were enthusiastic about the applied method. In particular the 'scratch-and-win-cards', a special kind of scoring card used during the teamtest, was positively evaluated. Because of its success, the TBL method will be implemented in other information literacy courses.

Marijn Post is a member of the Education Support Group at Wageningen UR Library. She presented the findings on TBL at the Creating Knowledge VIII Congress on 2-3 June 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Implementing TBL in an Information Literacy course is an outcome of the Education Innovation Call 2015.