Modern Learning Strategies in Higher Education: Team-Based Learning
Birutė Aleksandravičiūtė
Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
Kęstutis Liekis
KLQ Ltd., UK
Published 2020-09-01


Team-based learning
active learning
higher education

How to Cite

Aleksandravičiūtė B. and Liekis K. (2020) “Modern Learning Strategies in Higher Education: Team-Based Learning”, Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia, 440, pp. 141-151. doi: 10.15388/ActPaed.44.10.


Team-based learning is a student-orientated active learning strategy created by Lary Michaelsen in 1979. Team-based learning is widely used not only in the United States of America, but all around the world: in Asian, European, and Middle Eastern universities and colleges. It is extremely popular in biomedicine as well as in social sciences. It is, unfortunately, rare in Lithuanian higher education. There is a large network of team-based learning strategy consultants in Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and North America.
Research aim: to introduce the team-based learning strategy.
Research questions: what is team-based learning strategy? What are the main reasons of the prevalence of team-based learning strategies? How is the team-based learning strategy adopted to the learning subject?
Research object: Team-based learning strategy.
Research method: literature analysis.
The popularity of team-based learning is determined by its effectiveness: it motivates students, ensures their involvement, develops critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal leadership, and conflict management and similar skills. Team-based learning ensures the satisfaction of students with the learning process.
There are four essential elements of the team-based learning strategy: teams must be properly formed and managed; students must be motivated to attend class and must come prepared; students must learn to use course concepts to solve problems; students must be truly accountable in case the lecturer decides to implement team based learning into their subject.

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