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This course is designed for students who are especially interested in medical education, teaching methods (pedagogy), and academic medicine. Attendance and participation are required components for success in this course. Students are expected to make a tangible contribution to the case writing process by developing and assessing team-based learning modules, as well as investigating current literature on the subject. This course provides an academic context in which medical students take responsibility for their own learning (Self-Directed Learning). Students will investigate the application and academic success of team-based learning (TBL) as an element in undergraduate medical education. Students will also design, develop, and assess TBL modules for use in the teaching of medical students, including basic science and clinical content. At the beginning of the course, students will be provided a course orientation and a timetable for submission of assignments and completion of various components of the TBL cases. Students will meet with the course director at least once each week, usually by video (Zoom) conferencing to edit and review the progress of the TBL cases they are authoring. Evaluation of student performances will be by the course director, and, if appropriate, by a clinical faculty member chosen by the course director. Exceptionally well-written cases may be used for instruction of future students. The goals of this elective are: 1.To provide the student with an opportunity to acquire, utilize, and refine communication skills that will be helpful in their future career. 2. To facilitate the acquisition of skills and attitudes by the student related to lifelong learning. 3. To provide the student with an opportunity to research the application and success of TBL methodology in the undergraduate medical curriculum. 4. To develop skill in authoring and analyzing case studies for use as TBL modules.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dan Lodge-Rigal (rlodgeri@indiana.edu)

Director: Dan Lodge-Rigal, M.D.

Campus: Bloomington

Location: Online and Jordan Hall (Bloomington)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Apply current and acquired knowledge of Team Based Learning in developing functional and relevant team based learning exercises (PBLI1)

  • 2) Utilize literature search strategies to identify and analyze current scholarly articles on Team Based Learning (PBLI1)
  • 3) Develop effective professional communication skills through regular interaction with instructor (ISC5)
  • 4) Recognize key differences between Team Based and other Application Based Learning modalities and a traditional didactic teaching pedagogy (SBP1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form � Completing and writing summaries of articles found from literature searches on the application of TBL teaching methodology (or other pedagogies) which apply to the student�s specific interest area of undergraduate medical education. The written summaries will be reviewed by the course director, and formative feedback given, regarding: � Thoroughness of the literature review. � Rigor of analysis of the literature. � Ability to clearly communicate in a written form their findings and analysis. � Reaching logical conclusions regarding their stated goals for the paper. Completing at least three TBL exercises which will be assessed with respect to the following criteria: � Is the TBL presented in the context of real world medical problem � Does the TBL attempt to activate relevant prior knowledge or experience � Does the TBL demonstrate what is to be learned rather than simply tell information � Do learners have the opportunity to practice and apply their newly acquired knowledge or skill � Does the TBL provide techniques that encourage learners to integrate the new knowledge or skill into their everyday �medical� life Oral reports: Oral reports will consist of formal and informal discussions with the elective director, other pertinent faculty and/or students.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 70% Individual Study; 20% Library; 10% Faculty and Group Study

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dan Lodge-Rigal (rlodgeri@indiana.edu) PLEASE SEE http://medsci.indiana.edu/c602web/tbl/docs/start.htm FOR MORE INFORMATION

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None