Team Based Learning in MF5 Neuro: Success or Failure?

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Author(s) David Callen Pediatric Neurology
Session Abstract

Team based learning is a novel approach to the conveyance of information. Previous studies have demonstrated that knowledge retention through team based learning sessions is superior to that of traditional didactic teaching.

In 2012, we decided to use Team Based Learning Sessions instead of didactic large group sessions during the Neurosciences sub-unit of Medical Foundation 5. Students were advised that the sessions would cover aspects of information found in journal articles that were posted online. During the sessions, multiple choice questions were posed to the entire class. Each group logged into MacLive Web Conferencing and submitted their answer. The facilitator then asked a random student from any of the groups that answered each option (i.e., A, B, C, D) to defend their reasoning to the rest of the class. The correct answer was subsequently discussed by the facilitator and any questions were answered before moving on to the next multiple choice question. Each tutorial group competed to achieve the highest number of correct answers. Group scores were tabulated and displayed online. The group with the highest cumulative score at the end of four weeks won a prize.

Overall, the feedback on these sessions was very positive. The majority of students felt that they would prefer team based learning sessions to conventional didactic teaching.

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