Incorporating Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Team Skills into a Public Health Course using Team-based Learning
Public health education is increasingly focusing on collaborative work and building students’ skills for working in teams. Team-based Learning (TBL) is an active learning format that has the potential to help prepare students to work in interdisciplinary teams. Drawing upon mixed-methods evaluations of a Research Methods course, we describe how TBL facilitates students’ development of interpersonal skills and supports their learning of the content. Key themes include the development of team processes (e.g. communications strategies, division of work, decision-making), ways in which the team-based approach facilitated learning (e.g. accountability and preparation), and translation of team skills to other classes.
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