Students’ Perceptions of Team-based Learning in an Undergraduate Optics Module


Team based learning (TBL) uses collaborative learning to engage students with course material and has been adopted in health related courses such as Pharmacy resulting in an improvement in marks and positive student perceptions (Hasan 2011; Parmelee et al 2009; Nation et al 2016). Although TBL is increasingly been used in medical and nurse education, to date very few studies have reported on the preferred teaching methods in optics courses. This study, evaluated students’ experiences with TBL using the Team-based Learning Student Assessment Instrument (TBL-SAI, Mennenga 2012) in an optics module within an Ophthalmic Dispensing undergraduate degree. The questionnaire contains 33 items in 3 sub-scales: accountability, preference for lecture or team-based and student satisfaction. Two-consecutive cohorts (2017/18 and 2018/19) taking this module were invited to complete the questionnaires. In both cohorts, students reported a more favourable experience with team-based learning compared to traditional lectures. Students also reported higher accountability and satisfaction with team-based learning. Based on these findings, team-based learning approaches should be encouraged in optics related courses.

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Marta Vianya-Estopa, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECE2019
Stream: Higher education

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