Team-Based Learning in an Online Synchronous Setup

Dec 4, 2020 • 3min read


Education today has extended beyond physical classrooms to online education, learning through watching videos, reading articles, etc. Team-based Learning, when implemented digitally, allows educators to provide a learning environment to learners, where they learn from reading articles, slides, watching videos, lectures delivered by the educator and most importantly, through their peers.

We, at InteDashboard, are conducting online sessions based on Team-Based Learning methodology in a synchronous setting to provide faculty development and training.

Our goal is to build active learning digitally, ensuring that even when learners are not present physically, their learnings are enhanced, and they benefit from the cultural and geographical diversity of learners and get different perspectives.

What is synchronous online Team-Based Learning class setting?

Synchronous online TBL is a modality where the educator and the learners are not physically co-located, however they are virtually connected through web-based video or non-video conference at the same time. Typically, learners and educators connect online at specific periods each week.

What are the essential elements for conducting TBL online?

The online session typically connects learners using web video conferencing software and InteDashboard. A key criterion for the software is the ability to break participants into teams. Tools such as Zoom have this capability.

How did we, at InteDashboard, conducted online Team-Based Learning sessions using InteDashboard and Zoom?

We conduct all our online workshop following the Team-Based Learning steps:
Prework → Readiness Assurance Process → Applications → Peer Evaluation

For our online sessions, we use InteDashboard to setup TBL activities and view results in real-time.

Zoom allows us to engage learners in a virtual setup and setup breakout rooms for teams to interact. Zoom also allows the educator to travel across these breakout rooms, allowing the educator to get first-hand information on teams’ thought process and discussion areas. Simultaneously, on InteDashboard, the educator gets insight into team performance, how much time they are taking to attempt questions, item analysis/question and performance/student vis-à-vis performance/team.


1. Equipment (laptop, phone, microphone)
2. Internet connection
3. Software subscription

Class Flow & Timeline:

1. Send out prework through InteDashboard or email or existing learning management system

2. Start Zoom meeting 15mins prior to the class start time to allow time to participants to settle in and resolve any technical difficulties

3. At the class start time, simultaneously start IRAT for all learners located remotely

4. For TRAT, use Zoom functionality to break out the class into teams, to facilitate team discussions. On InteDashboard, teams can assign a team reporter to submit team responses and any clarifications electronically.

5. After TRAT finishes, the educator brings back everyone to the main room and facilitates discussions based on TRAT responses and clarification requests.

6. For applications, teams break out into rooms again and submit their responses.

7. When they all come back in the main room, they are allowed to view responses submitted by other teams and vote for the best response.

8. The educator facilitates the discussions further. An educator may choose to conduct peer-evaluation after completing 2 or more modules to understand team dynamics and team cohesion. Peer-evaluation can be conducted qualitatively and quantitatively using InteDashboard.

Benefits of implementing Team-Based Learning online

1. Easy management of TBL class flow

2. Manage teams located in different geographic locations

3. Builds higher engagement among learners and team-members

4. Diversifies learning of the learner

Team-Based Learning in an online synchronous environment helps to build trust and cohesion among team members, allowing them to enhance their learning and improve their outcomes through such interactions.

Planning to conduct Team-Based Learning in an online or hybrid setup? – We are here to support you. Write us at: and we can help you setup your online TBL class.

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