Why is team-based learning so difficult?
Interested in understanding more about such challenges, we carried out a small-scale survey at the conference, asking about team-based learning. While 100% of respondents told us that such activities helped to develop students’ employability skills, only a third said that they improved that crucial higher education success measure – student satisfaction.
One possible reason for this was revealed by some of the other findings. Almost two-thirds said that success was impacted by poor collaboration, nearly half by significant conflict within teams, and a third by teams being poorly organised. Compounding all this, almost 40% of the educators found it difficult to monitor what was happening.
Asked what would make a difference, over two thirds were looking for that holy grail: higher levels of student engagement and enthusiasm.