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Evaluation of Online Team Based Learning: Staff and Student Perspectives

Richardson, Mary; Plana, Daniela


Mary Richardson


With the forced move online during the Covid19 pandemic, Keele chemistry programmes turned to
Team Based Learning (TBL) as an active learning method that could be adapted to a virtual
environment. TBL is a structured, collaborative form of learning where students work together to solve
problems; it has been found effective in enhancing student performance and developing transferable
skills. This study aimed to evaluate the perceptions of staff and students of online TBL, using
anonymous questionnaires (students) and interviews (staff). Whilst both students and staff surveyed
found online TBL more difficult than in-person, particularly in terms of communication; they also
indicated it was the best online teaching form experienced during the pandemic. Key benefits
identified were the highly structured nature of the method, its encouragement of peer-to-peer
interaction and the real-time monitoring of student progress by staff during sessions.


Richardson, M., & Plana, D. (2023). Evaluation of Online Team Based Learning: Staff and Student Perspectives. The Journal of Academic Development and Education,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2023
Publication Date Dec 15, 2023
Deposit Date Jan 29, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jan 29, 2024
Journal Journal of Academic Development and Education
Print ISSN 2051-3593
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Team-based Learning; Online Teaching and Learning; Active Learning
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