Team-Based Learning

Immediate feedback assessment is a key element of Team-Based Learning (TBL) as in the work of Michaelsen & Sweet (2008).

Group work typically involves students choosing or being assigned to groups, brainstorming a topic or product before reaching consensus, delegating roles and largely working (or not) individually. TBL recognises that the most teamwork happens at the consensus phase and focuses on making a decision rather than a product such as a presentation or poster. It is this need to make a decision together that drives the other student work so they are prepared to contribute. Evidence needs to inform these decisions and in Mathematics this is naturally provided by the working out with students explaining their understanding.

Crusoe trialled TBL with Year 8 students in 2016.

TBL has two phases:

  1. Readiness assurance process (RAP)
    • Individual readiness assurance test (iRAT) where students take a (differentiated) multiple choice test on the topic to be studied, which is then marked by their teacher;
    • Team readiness assurance test (tRAT) where teams of students retake the same test, reaching consensus on their choices and receiving immediate feedback e.g. through ‘scratchy’ cards;
  2. Application exercises, where all teams work on the same, significant problems before simultaneously reporting their specific choice.

The use of IF-AT is key to the tRAT. This web-based tool provides a digital alternative to the use of the scratchy paper IF-AT cards which can be hard to source. Additionally, it can be used to record and mark the iRAT.

Goals of IF-AT web app

  • Provide immediate feedback to teams of students in multiple choice tests. Existing digital tools either focus on individual students or delayed feedback.
  • Design that minimises distraction from team discussion (e.g. stimulus, questions printed and working out done on paper rather than on a shared device).

Semester 1

Topic 1 : Index Laws

iRAT Indices

Indices Application Exercise

Topic 2 : Positive and Negative Integers

iRAT Directed Numbers

Integers Application Exercise

Topic 3 : Ratios

iRAT ratios

Rates Ratios Application Exercise

Topic 4 : Profit and Loss

iRAT profit and loss

Profit Loss Application Exercise

Topic 5 : Algebra 1

Algebra iRA 1

Algebra Application Exercise (1st set)

Topic 6 : Algebra 2

Algebra iRA 2

Algebra 2 AE

Topic 7 : Prisms

iRAT prisms

Prisms Application Exercise

Topic 8 : Probability

iRAT probability

Probability Application Exercise

Semester 2

Topic 1 : Properties of Circles

iRAT circles

Properties of Circles

Properties of Circles diagrams

Topic 2 : Congruence

iRAT congruent traingles

Congruent Triangles Application Exercise

Topic 3 : Area

Area and Permieter iRAT

Area and Perimeter AE

Topic 4 : Angles

iRAT angles

Topic 5 : Percentages

iRAT percentages

Topic 6 : Linear Relationships 1

iRAT Linear Equations

Linear Relations Application Exercise

Topic 7 : Linear Relationships 2

iRAT linear equations 2

Topic 8 : Data

iRAT data

Data Application Exercise

Other resources

iRAT answer sheet