Quality Enhancement Plan
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an engaging educational approach that includes a specific
sequence of individual work, group work, and immediate feedback to create a learning
environment in which students are accountable for coming to class prepared and contributing
to discussion. As the focus of our Quality Enhancement Plan, TBL is implemented in
courses with the aims of improving student learning outcomes, achieving higher levels
of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, enhancing collaboration and communication,
and applying course content to real-world situations.
Julie M. Estis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Quality Enhancement Plan Director
- First-year data indicates the goals of the project are being met -
Major findings include:
-82% of SLO Critical Thinking Mastery Targets were met.
-Higher post-test scores were achieved with statistically significant differences
in evaluating, analyzing, creating and collaboration constructs as compared to pre-test
-Higher percentile scores for students enrolled in TeamUSA courses as compared to
students who were not, and a statistically significant difference in all critical
thinking constructs found on the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (Induction,
Deduction, Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Interpretation and Explanation).
-50% fewer student withdrawals from TeamUSA courses, and a statistically significant
difference in withdrawals as compared to non-TeamUSA courses.
-Students earned significantly higher grades for TeamUSA courses, with more A’s and
B’s, and fewer D’s and F’s in TBL courses as compared to non-TeamUSA courses.)