Hyflex and Team Based Learning

The 2020-21 academic year has been a year of challenge, but also opportunity; to try new teaching approaches that combine the best of in-person and online modalities. In this blog I report on my thoughts about how to continue this journey of innovation, with the ultimate aim of delivering authentic Team Based Learning in a fully Hyflex mode.

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From here to there… reflections on a semester of the #bathblend

Along with the rest of the UK educational community, I have ensured that my courses @UniOfBath are Covid-ready. This means designing them according to the Bath Blend which includes independent (self paced) learning, Live Online Interactive Learning (LOIL) and In Person Time (IPT). In this blog I reflect on what has worked well (and less well) and what I would like to keep in the ‘new normal’. In short, my thoughts on how to design the blended experience in a social and inclusive way, while sharing best practice.  I hope this might be of use to other educators and I’d be keen to hear about your experiences too (leave a comment or pingback to your own blog).

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@UniOfBath students solve #brexit … again

Last year, I published a blog called, somewhat tongue in cheek, Team Based Learning solves Brexit This year, as the #brexit negotiations go the wire, I took the (last?) opportunity to use Brexit as a case study in #gametheory.

Caveat – I do not claim any special insights on Brexit, nor indeed Game Theory. This is blog is not intended to be political, or partisan. It’s chiefly about the application of #teambasedlearning in an online context. If that interests you, read on..

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Team Based Learning online – some reflections

Like many of those in Higher Education, I have moved my teaching online. Since my sessions involve highly interactive team work and very little ‘lecturing’ this had proved a challenge. In this blog I present some reflections and learnings from my experience, in the hope it might be useful to others. My reflections cover; using the technology, team teaching, facilitating the session – and my key learning it takes longer than you think!

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What does Net Zero mean?

Last week I went to see Owen Hewlett from Gold Standard talking about what Net Zero actually means using a base of science based targets.

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Concerned about TBL…

On 5 December, I hosted a Team Based Learning (TBL) ‘masterclass’ @UniOfBath. We had a useful discussion of concerns about TBL and how to address them. If you are potentially interested in applying TBL or other active learning approach, you may find the following useful…  

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Team Based Learning Solves Brexit

Well, sort of.

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ESLTIS in Edinburgh

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship (#ESLTIS19) was held this year in the wonderful Edinburgh Napier (July 18-19 2019) (photo credit: Tracey Madden)

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Another great conference for those involved with teaching and learning in HE. Highlights for me included:

  • A focus on active learning including playfulness, problem based and of course team based learning.
  • A great community of academics and practitioners, already committed to innovation in teaching, where the “conversation can start at level 3” to paraphrase the welcoming statement from Prof Alyson Tobin.
  • And of course Edinburgh itself (photo credit: Matthew Funnel, who got up earlier than I did!)
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Team Based Learning: Lessons from practice

At the end of 2018, I posted upbeat blog on Team Based Learning. Having now delivered two major units in TBL style, it is high time to post some of my reflections on the topic. Quick summary: I am still upbeat, but nothing ever goes perfectly first time around and there are quite a few lessons I learnt, which will hopefully be of use to anyone else introducing TBL to their teaching.

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Team Based Learning Conference

Tampa, Florida, 13-15 March 2019

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the annual gathering of the Team Based Learning (TBL)  Collaborative. In summary, the themes including leading educational change (not just TBL) in an institution, trends including TBL online and extended reality, the relevance to current issues including accreditation, work readiness, student inclusion and wellbeing.

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