Creating Effective TBL Modules

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Room 135, Harrell Medical Education Building

Team-Based Learning modules can sink or swim based on the quality of the questions that you pose to your learners, therefore TBL requires careful mapping of content and assessments.  To best guide students through pre-class preparation and the readiness assurance process, instructors need to be able to create high quality learning objectives and multiple choice questions.  Application questions allow learners to apply the knowledge gained from pre-class assignments to solve real-world problems in a collaborative classroom atmosphere, by forcing teams to grapple with the topic’s principles, analyze data, solve problems, and make decisions that are defensible.  This workshop will emphasize the backward design approach to designing effective readiness assurance and application questions based on well written learning objectives, and the 4-S principles for designing applications (Significant problem, Same problem, Specific choice, and Simultaneous report).  Participants will be prepared to design their own learning objectives, readiness assurance test questions, and application exercises, which will be reviewed and revised in the companion workshop “Advanced TBL Module Writing.”


  1. Define the elements of a good “higher order” learning objective.
  2. Identify common flaws in poorly written multiple choice questions.
  3. Identify how to use the four S’s in the design of Team Application exercises in different formats (e.g., MCQ, gallery walk).
  4. Use backward design to link Team Application questions to Readiness Assurance and the Advance Preparation Assignment.
  5. Be prepared to draft your own learning objectives, RAT questions, and 4-S application exercises for a TBL module.

Preparation Assignment Please review the TBL101_Workshop_Prereading and read TBL Backward Design before the workshop.  Please also read the guidelines for writing multiple choice questions at the following website:

Workshop Presenters:

Wayne T. McCormack, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Scholar & Professor
Dept. of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
UF College of Medicine
Past President, Team-Based Learning Collaborative
Michelle Farland, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor
Dept. of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research
UF College of Pharmacy
TBLC Trainer-Consultant
President-Elect, Team-Based Learning Collaborative