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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.

2018 Grant Recipients Announced

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) would like to congratulate the 2018 TBLC Grant Recipients. We received many high quality grants this year. Of the six submissions, we are happy to congratulate Dr. Jody Tokemoto from the University of Texas at Tyler on her grant titled, “The RAPsody of Virtual Reality Team-Based Learning” as well as Sarah Lerchenfeldt from Oakland University on her grant titled, “A Qualitative Analysis on the Effectiveness of Peer Feedback in Team-Based Learning.”

Grant submissions were open to all TBLC Members. Received grants were peer reviewed by three members of the TBLC Scholarship Committee. If you would like to submit a proposal for a TBLC grant for 2019, keep your eyes peeled for the email later this year!

TBLC Steering Committee Candidates for 2018

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present its slate of candidates for this year’s election to the TBLC Steering Committee. In accordance with our bylaws, these are being posted to our website in alphabetical order.

Although selection by the Nominating Committee is our formal system for identifying appropriate candidates, any TBLC member in good standing may petition to have his/her name added to this ballot by the mechanism described in our bylaws under Article VIII.

Members of TBLC are asked to review the candidates’ qualifications listed below, and to thoughtfully consider the course each would take to achieve our Goals as discussed in their Personal Statement. On May 1, 2018 the electronic ballot will be activated and voting instructions will be provided. At that time, TBLC members in good standing will be invited to select one (1) nominee for Treasurer (2-year term) and one (1) nominee for Member-At-Large: Health Sciences (3-year term). Between April 1st and April 25th, members may petition for additional candidates to be added to the ballot. Such nomination petitions may consist of either a single document or separate letters. To qualify for nomination by petition, each candidate must have the support of at least 15 TBLC members in good standing. All petitions and letters must be addressed to and received by the TBLC Manager on or before midnight Eastern Time (GMT-5) of April 25th.

Also note, this page presents the qualifications and personal statement of each candidate only as submitted by the candidate. This is NOT the actual ballot.

Qualifications and Personal Statements


Christopher Burns – Treasurer
Roseman University of Health Sciences

When I first started using TBL, the TBLC was an invaluable resource of information, training, and most importantly, knowledgeable and helpful colleagues. It has been my great pleasure to be involved with this organization since 2010 and to have had many opportunities to contribute to our success. In 2013, I graduated from the Consultant-Trainer program and since then have successfully mentored five others to achieve their certificates. The skills I learned have been a great help to me guiding others in TBL at my own institution and extramurally. I co-facilitate workshops at our annual conference each year with an emphasis on peer evaluation, and have also co-facilitated regional, and pre-conference, TBL in a day workshops. I have served on the nominating and program planning committees, and on the steering committee as member-at-large for health sciences in 2015, and currently as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. We have made great progress in the last two years, including funding major initiatives for expansion in Europe and Asia. I seek your support to continue our work for another two years.


Lauren Brannan – Member-at-Large: K-12
University of South Alabama

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Reading Education in the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. I currently teach undergraduate and graduate reading methods courses. I have been implementing team-based learning since 2014 and am a huge advocate for the use of this format in teacher education. I am interested in working with K-12 teachers to implement team-based learning or components of team-based learning in their classrooms.

ETBLC to Present Three Masterclass Workshops at 2018 Active Learning Conference

The 2nd Active Learning Conference and Masterclass will be held June 4-5, 2018, at the University of Sessex in Brighton, UK. Members of the ETBLC will present three sessions throughout the event on June 4.

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.

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

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:

  • Explain the principles of effective task design for use in the TBL classroom
  • Critically review TBL resources and suggest improvements
  • 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.

For more information about the Active Learning Conference and registration for this event, please visit the event web site here.

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