College of Pharmacy Hosts Team-Based Learning Sessions with Larry K. Michaelsen

Laura Wise-Blau

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to present three team-based learning sessions with Larry K. Michaelsen, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Missouri, April 30 and May 1. The sessions will be held in Parks Hall, 500 W. 12TH Ave, and the Biomedical Research Tower, 473 W. 12TH Ave.
A Carnegie Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Scholar and, former editor of the Journal of Management Education, Michaelsen has conducted workshops on teaching effectively with small groups in a wide variety of university and corporate settings. He has received numerous college, university and national awards for his pioneering work in two areas: Team-Based Learning, a comprehensive small-group-based instructional process; and Integrative Business Experience (IBE), a program that links student learning to experience creating and operating actual start-up businesses used to fund hands-on community service projects.
Michaelsen will offer the following sessions during his visit to the College of Pharmacy:
Workshop 1: Designing Group Work that Really Works
Thursday, April 30, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Room 250 Parks Hall
In this session, participants will engage in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly-designed assignments. They will learn about four keys that will enable designing  group assignments that: 1) are effective for developing students’ application and critical-thinking skills, 2) promote positive student attitudes about group work, 3) can be graded easily and fairly and, 4) can be used with any level of students and in classes of up to several hundred students.
Workshop 2: Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Preparing Students for Their Future Professions
Thursday, April 30, 2:30–5:30 p.m.
Room 115 Biomedical Research Tower
This workshop will begin with a demonstration of a Readiness Assurance Process that enables faculty to go beyond dispensing content and spend the vast majority of the class time focusing on content applications without reducing the number of concepts that are covered.  Following the demonstration, participants will explore additional issues and concerns about using learning groups.
Advanced Workshop: Turning Good Group Assignments into Great Ones
Thursday, April 30, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Room 250 Parks Hall
RSVP required.  Please email
During this hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in a series of activities that will: 1) highlight two key strategies that can be used to improve the effectiveness of group assignments and, 2) have the opportunity to apply these strategies to design and/or improve assignments for use in their own courses. Attendance at one or more of the April 30 workshops is highly recommended as a prerequisite to the Advanced Workshop.
For more information on any of these sessions, contact Mary Higginbotham at or 614-688-2076.