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Agronomy, Community and Regional Planning, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Human Development and Family Studies, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Veterinary Pathology, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

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In the fall of 2014, 20.4 million American students were enrolled in higher education. Of these, 28% or 5.8 million students were taking at least some of their courses at a distance and half of those or nearly 3 million students were taking all of them at a distance (Allen, Seaman, Poulin, & Straut, 2016). According to the 2017 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, “online, mobile, and blended learning are foregone conclusions” (Adams Becker et al. 2017, p. 2) reflecting the growing numbers of students seeking more flexible schedules and learning environments. In addition, employers are demanding that higher education teach real-world skills to improve student employability and workplace development (Stavredes, 2011).


The following was a white paper prepared as a “pre-reading” document for an Innovations Track workshop at the Team-Based Learning™ Collaborative (TBLC) conference, San Diego, CA, March 2018


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