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Call for Best Paper Award Nominations – Due 7/15

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) wishes to recognize excellence and innovation in advancing Team-Based Learning (TBL) through research and scholarly publications, and therefore announces the 2019 Best Paper Awards. TBLC will award two awards in the following categories:

•  Best Scholarship paper (systematic, literature or integrative review; theoretical framework; methodological; or discussion)

•  Best Research paper (primary research assessing TBL components, processes or outcomes, or establishing best practices; quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

Articles nominated for this award must have been published in a peer reviewed journal in the last two calendar years (2017 or 2018), be consistent with the entire TBL process, and align with the mission of the TBLC. At least one author must be a member of the TBLC and one author must be registered to attend the 2019 TBLC meeting to accept the award.

Nominations are to be submitted online here by July 15. If you have any questions please feel free to email Danielle Inscoe (

TBLC – Fundamentals Certificate Information

As you may recall, the TBLC offered a Fundamentals Track Certificate at the 2018 Meeting in San Diego, California. If you attended the meeting, completed the five fundamentals workshops for the certificate, and did not receive your certificate, please let us know via email at so that we can re-send it to you.

If you weren’t aware of the Fundamentals Certificate, TBLC will be offering it again at the 2019 Meeting in Tampa, Florida! The Certificate includes the following workshops:

1. Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL
2. Creating an Effective TBL Module
3. Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities
4. Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom
5. Peer Feedback and Evaluation

Registration Now Open – TBLC Regional Workshop in Cleveland


Registration is Now Open!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) is offering a unique opportunity to experience team-based learning at the 2018 regional workshop in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

This all day session will offer 2 workshops: Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL & Creating an Effective TBL Module. These workshops will be led by TBLC’s Certified Trainer-Consultants Smita Krishnamurthy and Liz Winter. You won’t want to miss these essential TBL courses that, by the end of the day, will have you ready to take team-based learning back to your classroom.

Call for TBLC 2019 Workshop Abstracts – Deadline July 15

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The Team Based Learning Collaborative extends a warm welcome to join them for their 18th annual meeting in Tampa, FL, March 14-16, 2019 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.

The TBLC Program Committee seeks abstracts for workshops that will engage and educate our attendees, typically by using TBL to deliver the workshop. Please align your submission to one of the three tracks listed below.

Workshop tracks:

  • Fundamentals Track
    Learners will acquire knowledge and skills for implementation of effective TBL.
    Target audience: educators with less than 3 years of experience using TBL or educators who want to become more effective in practicing the essentials of TBL.
  • Innovations & Applications Track
    Learners will acquire knowledge and skills for using TBL in specific educational settings or in a specific academic discipline. Creative innovations that remain consistent with TBL principles are encouraged.
    Target audience: educators who are currently using TBL and who desire to improve their practice by interacting with those in similar educational roles, disciplines, or settings.
  • Scholarship & Research Track
    Learners will acquire knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the educational process and outcomes of TBL. Workshops emphasizing either qualitative or quantitative research methods are preferred.
    Target audience: educators who want to study the TBL process and communicate findings in a scholarly manner, e.g. peer-reviewed publications.

Requirements to be included in the Workshop Proposal:

  1. Title of workshop
  2. Organizer and co-leaders: for each person who will facilitate the workshop, submit name, degree, institution, email, phone, and qualifications for leading the workshop. Designate one person to communicate with the program committee. NOTE: Only registered meeting participants will be listed within the final Conference Program.
  3. Purpose and rationale of the workshop (NOTE: If the proposal is for fundamentals track, please submit learners’ evaluations of a previous workshop you have done on this topic.).
  4. Specific learning objectives of the workshop (behavioral outcomes).
  5. Intended audience.
  6. Format: The method that leaders will use during the workshop; include description of how essential elements of TBL will be incorporated.
  7. Detailed schedule of workshop activities, with each segment in minutes, including breaks (assume total duration of 120 minutes).
  8. Advance assignments for participants (optional).
  9. Audio-visual requirements: provide a list. NOTE: The Admin Planning Team will confirm whether A-V requests can be fulfilled.
  10. Number of participants: provide the maximum number you will accept

Proposals are to be submitted online using the online submission form found here by July 15, 2018. Please note that there will be a separate call for poster submissions later this year.

If you have any questions or problems with your workshop submission, please send them to Danielle Inscoe at

Thank you,
Jennifer Styron
2019 Program Committee Chair

Have You Explored the Communities of Practice?

This month’s featured resource are the Communities of Practice, specifically the Research and Scholarship community. Find out how the TBLC can help you to develop your research knowledge, profile, and outputs through collaboration! This resource is an outcome of the very successful Research Development Day at the 2018 Annual Conference in San Diego. It includes an inventory of research projects submitted by members, specific research publication proposals, information about education research conferences, and a detailed account of the outputs of the Research Development Day.

Join this community, post your comments on the blogs that have already been set up, and suggest new blogs. You can access this community of practice here.

Did you know that you can submit your own module or resource to be peer reviewed by fellow TBLC members and included in the TBLC Resource Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to

Thank you,
TBLC Admin Team

TBLC Steering Committee Elections Now Open

The ballot for the open Steering Committee positions vote is now online. You will receive a separate, automated email from the election website with your personal username and log in information. These credentials are NOT the same as your TBLC member only login information. If your membership dues have not been paid as of April 1, 2018 you will not receive a ballot. If you do not receive this message by May 5, 2018 and your membership dues are current, please contact us.Vote Button

The election will be open until May 31, 2018. Please vote for one individual to fill the open position of Treasurer and one individual to fill the open position of Member-At-Large: K-12 on the TBLC Steering Committee. The complete listing of qualified candidates can be found here.

If you have any trouble with the ballot or any questions, please contact Danielle Inscoe at

Personality in Sport & Exercise – April’s Featured TBL Module

Featured Resource

This month’s featured module is the Personality in Sport and Exercise Module. The Module was developed by Karla Kubitz, reviewed, and published to the Resource Bank in 2015. This class is part of the undergraduate curriculum for students majoring in Physical Education/ Teacher Education, Athletic Training, and/ or Sport Management. It is also an elective class for any student in any major across campus. Students are typically junior or senior standing and have completed an introductory psychology class.

The Module focuses on four learning goals. The Learning Goals are:
• The students will identify the dimensions, the levels, and the personality characteristics of the Martens model of personality.
• The students will classify statements illustrating various personality characteristics (i.e., beliefs, personality traits, and personality states) according to their levels in the Martens model of personality.
• The students will decide which of several sentences in a case study best illustrates a selected personality characteristic in the Martens model of personality.
• The students will use correlational data to decide which of several personality characteristics in the Martens model of personality would be the most problematic/ most important to change.

The Personality in Sport and Exercise Module includes 5 personality module readiness assurance questions and 3 application exercises.

Did you know that you can submit your own module to be peer reviewed by fellow TBLC members and included in the TBLC Resource Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to

Peg Mohr to Serve as Executive Editor of Publications and Chair of the Editorial Board

Peggy Mohr
Peggy Mohr

At our recent meeting the committee voted to approve Peg Mohr’s nomination after reviewing her application materials, and I am pleased to announce that Peg will be joining the Steering Committee as our new Executive Editor of Publications and Chair of the Editorial Board. Peg, thank you for your dedication to our editorial process over the years and for your willingness to serve as Editor! We all look forward to welcoming you to the Steering Committee and to working with you.

Bonny Dickinson
Bonny Dickinson

I would like to acknowledge Bonny Dickinson for her outstanding service as Executive Editor for the 2016 – 2018 term. From my perspective, Bonny brought to her position a sense of responsibility and a desire to improve our module review and publication process. Our module review process has thrived under her leadership, and Bonny has helped lead improvements such as a formal process to review reviewers in order to acknowledge our top reviewers. I also believe Bonny deserves a prize for being one of the most regular providers of monthly reports to the Steering Committee. Bonny looks forward to some emerging career opportunities, and I appreciate the time and effort she was able to share with us on the TBLC leadership team.

Michael Nelson, PhD, RPh
Team-Based Learning Collaborative



Will Ofstad to Serve as Chair of Educational Development Committee

Will Ofstadt
Will Ofstadt

Please help me in welcoming Will Ofstad as the new chair of the Educational Development Committee. Will is the Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Dean for Education and Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at California Health Sciences University. During the Steering Committee’s recent meeting, the committee members approved my nomination of Will for the position. I contacted him about the news and he is happily working closely with David Thomas during the transition.

David Thomas

I want to acknowledge the work of David Thomas for the past few years chairing the EDC. Among other things, David has led an effort to ensure our standard TBL workshop are of uniform quality and I believe as a result our TBL 101 and Module Development workshops are an improved experience, whether at the annual meeting or regional meetings. David, thank you for all you have contributed these past years. We will miss your collegiality and thoughtful input on the Steering Committee.

With gratitude,
Michael Nelson, PhD, RPh
Team-Based Learning Collaborative



TBL Masterclasses at 2018 Active Learning Conference

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Active Learning Conference
University of Sussex
4th & 5th June 2018

Pre-Conference Masterclasses
Monday 4th June 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to May 18!

We’re delighted to announce that we’re hosting three TBL Pre-Conference Masterclasses in the afternoon of Monday 4th June prior to the Active Learning Conference to be held at the University of Sussex in England on Tuesday 5th June. The day starts at 1pm with a lunch sponsored by Cognalearn, followed by a choice of three Masterclasses from 2pm – 5pm. 

Masterclass 1 – Introduction to Team-Based Learning

Dr Graeme Jones, Keele University; Uwe Richter, Anglia Ruskin University

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a special form of active and collaborative learning that uses a special sequence of individual work, group work and immediate feedback to create a motivational framework in which students increasingly hold each other accountable for coming to class prepared and contributing to discussion.

This workshop aims to introduce participants to TBL by experiencing it as a student would. TBL is a learner-centred ‘flipped’ learning and teaching strategy designed to engage students through a process of preparation, assessment and application of knowledge. It shifts the focus of classroom time from conveying course concepts by the instructor to the application of course concepts by student learning teams.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the essential elements that make up Team-Based Learning
  • Describe the benefits and challenges of using TBL

This workshop will be delivered using a Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.

Masterclass 2 – Team-Based Learning: Developing Effective Facilitation Skills and Best Practices for Using Peer Evaluation to Optimise Active and Collaborative Learning

Dr Geeta Hitch, University of Sussex; Dr Shihab Kogali, University of Dundee; Professor Danny Mclaughlin, Newcastle University

Weimer (2002) describes how the effectiveness of using active, collaborative and enquiry-based approaches depends on the ability of academics to be able to ‘step aside and let students take the lead.’ This change often requires a shift in our thinking as academics from delivering ‘teacher-centred content’ to facilitating ‘student centred-learning. Peer evaluation is often used in collaborative learning to incentivise team-effort and reduce the risk of inequity in the individual contributions to group work.

This workshop focuses on sharing experiences and best practices for facilitating active and collaborative learning and the effective use of peer evaluation in to incentivise student engagement.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply best practice for facilitating active and collaborative learning classes
  • Develop and implement a peer evaluation tool to incentivise student engagement

This workshop will be delivered using a Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach

Weimer, M. (2002) Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.

Masterclass 3 – Overcoming the Challenges of Active and Collaborative Learning – Advanced Practices in Using Team-Based Learning

Alison Hartley, University of Bradford; Paul McDermott, University of East Anglia

Moving to a student-centred approach using active and collaborative learning is not without its challenges.

This workshop focuses on the principles of effective task design in team-based active and collaborative learning and introduces the use of a tool for peer reviewing TBL resources

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of effective task design for use in the TBL classroom
  2. Critically review TBL resources and suggest improvements
  3. Suggest strategies for overcoming the challenges of using active and collaborative learning

This workshop will be delivered using the principles of Team-Based Learning (TBL) and it is expected that participants have some knowledge of TBL

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.

For more information on the Masterclasses on 4th and the Active Learning Conference on 5th  please visit the conference web site here.