Team-Based Learning in Chemistry Courses with Laboratory Sessions

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The implementation of Team-Based Learning (TBL, in one-semester undergraduate courses of chemistry offered to first year students is reported. TBL is an active learning instructional strategy heavily relying on small group interaction. Teaching lab classes in a TBL context presented a specific challenge, as decisions were required about their role in the global framework and the possibility of incorporating lab activities as "teamwork". The design of lab sessions as TBL team application activities is here also illustrated, both for a course of General Chemistry and a course of Organic Chemistry. TBL dramatically improved students class attendance and participation. Its implementation has provided a unique opportunity for the pedagogical development of teaching staff. A moderate number of students reported discomfort with TBL: the requirement of individual preparation before classes and the impact of team participation in the final grade is indeed a new ground for most students, often perceived as a troubling deviation from the common social paradigm of the learning process. The role of the instructor as a facilitator of individual and team work, and the clear explanation of the method are thus of utmost relevance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the HEAD'17 – 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances
EditorsJ. D. I. Soria, M. C. V. Vela, E. DeLa Poza , D. Blazquez
Place of PublicationValencia
PublisherUniversitat Politecnica de Valencia
ISBN (Print)978-84-9048-590-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd) - Universitat Politècnica de València, València, Spain
Duration: 21 Jun 201723 Jun 2017


Conference3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd)


  • Team-Based Learning
  • Chemistry
  • Laboratories
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Just-in-Time Teaching
  • Active Learning


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