Senior lecturer is the only academic from a Scottish institution to be invited to help lead new organisation
The University of Dundee’s Dr Shihab Khogali has been named to the board of the European Team-Based Learning Community (ETBLC), a network of academics from educational institutions that will provide resources and development opportunities to team-based learning practitioners across the continent.
Dr Khogali is the only academic from a Scottish university to be invited to join the board. He will serve as Educational Development co-lead, alongside colleagues from universities in England and the Netherlands.
Dr Khogali said:
“I have been privileged to be invited to join the board of the European Team-Based Learning Community. I look forward to collaborate with colleagues to help establish this new organisation, which aims to disseminate team-based learning (TBL) to educators and educational institutions across Europe. We hope to create a European network made of local TBL communities of practice, and to provide development opportunities and resources to TBL practitioners in Europe and collaborate on research”
Professor Gary Mires, Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee, said:
“Congratulations to Shihab on his appointment to the European TBL Board.”
“It is strong recognition of our leadership as a Medical School in this approach to teaching and learning.”
TBL is a student-centred learning strategy involving multiple small groups in a single classroom setting. Students prepare before coming to in-class sessions, participate in a readiness assurance process, compete in their teams to solve challenging problems and receive immediate feedback.
In this way TBL provides students with opportunities for problem solving and team working while holding the individual student accountable for their pre-class preparation and input to the team.
Though TBL is used in some form at a small number of education institutions in the UK, it is yet to be widely adopted as a learning method – something Dr Khogali has been keen to change.
Last year he delivered a talk on establishing a UK-wide collaborative network for TBL practitioners at the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Annual Scientific Meeting.
And in 2015, he and colleagues from the Technology and Innovation in Learning Team (TILT) were presented with a Herald Higher Education Award for their use of technology to enhance TBL at the University of Dundee School of Medicine – which attracted interest from other higher education institutions in the UK, looking to implement their own approach.
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