Preparing Students to Write: Using Team-Based Learning to Boost Student Confidence

Event Date & Time

  • December 8, 2021
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

This session will introduce instructors to team-based learning (TBL)— an approach that uses a flipped classroom and collaborative, active learning activities to foster student engagement and learning — and team-based learning strategies instructors can use to prepare students for writing assignments. While TBL is commonly used in science and engineering courses, it’s less commonly used in writing courses or in lessons that focus on writing. TBL, however, is ideally suited to providing students with explicit, scaffolded writing instruction that helps students build confidence prior to a writing assignment, like a research paper, proposal, or article/book review.

In this workshop you’ll learn the steps involved in TBL and their pedagogical value; strategies you can use to use TBL to prepare students produce a genre of writing. You’ll also experience first-hand using TBL to build your own genre knowledge: you’ll participate in a short sample TBL session! We’ll close with a discussion of strategies each of us can use to use TBL in our own courses — for a single lesson, a single module, or to support students throughout the term as they work on a large research writing project.


  • Rebecca Carruthers Den Hoed, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Writing, Research, and Discourse Studies (WRDS), School of Journalism, Writing, and Media

This event will be hosted online on Zoom.