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Would you like to have a TBL Consultant Conduct a Workshop?

Would you like to have a TBL Trainer-Consultant Conduct a Workshop?


As you may know, the TBLC maintains a list of certified Trainer-Consultants on the TBLC website under the “Resources” tab. If you would like to have one of our Trainer-Consultants lead a workshop at your university and help spread TBL, let us know!
Please email us at with the following information:
  • Institution
  • Type of workshop requested
  • Approximate number of participants
  • Date you’d like the workshop to be held
Once we have this information, we will be able to help assist in finding the proper Trainer-Consultant to lead this workshop!

TBLC Featured Resource: Strategic Management, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Analysis


TBLC Featured Resource

Strategic Management, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Analysis


Title: Strategic Management, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Analysis
Authors: Annetta Dolowitz
Affiliations: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Resources available with this module: Readings, application exercise, RAT
Context: Nonprofit Organizational Management

This module will cover various readings and videos related to Strategic Planning and Strategic Management. You will explore in detail how leadership and strategic management and planning will make or break any business. We will explore how critical strategic planning and management are to nonprofits. You will see that there are challenges to creating a plan, especially depending on the size and the age of the nonprofit. You and your team will be creating a SWOT analysis for the Class NPO as well as for your Service Learning partners. Be sure to look for tips and best practices other NPOs offer. Clear understanding of conducting a strategic analysis will improve the quality of your midterm project proposals as well as your third reflection paper and final presentation centered around your Service Learning project.Required Reading

  • Demonstrate and apply experience and skills that you have read or heard in class activities, and in your service learning projects, while adding skills to your resume.
  • Identify the theoretical and conceptual foundations of a nonprofit.
  • Assess and explain how strategic management competencies are applied to nonprofit organizations by running a SWOT analysis.
  • Take the results of your SWOT analysis to evaluate Class NPO Partner to develop and defend strategies to address your findings for the Class NPO Partner Project.
  • Critique the role of accountability, ethics, and social responsibility in the management of a nonprofit organization.
  • Evaluate, explain, and defend the results of your project for your partner NPO.
  • Demonstrate professional development.
For more information on this, and more, modules available in the Resource Bank, please visit the Resource Portal.

TBLC 2020 Call for Workshop Abstracts Submissions – Due July 15

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative extends a warm welcome to join them for their 19th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, March 14-17, 2020 at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Abstracts are currently welcomed for Workshop presentation formats.

Workshops will be accepted within one of three tracks and need not necessarily be presented in TBL format:
  • Fundamentals Track
  • Innovations & Applications track
  • Scholarship & Research Track

Fundamentals Track
Learners will acquire knowledge and skills for implementation of effective TBL. Target audience: educators with less than 3 years’ experience using TBL or educators who want to become more effective in practicing the essentials of TBL.

Innovations and 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 and 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 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. Please note that only registered participants will be listed within the final Conference Program.
  3. Purpose and rationale of the workshop (Workshops proposed for fundamentals track ONLY: Submit learners’ evaluations of a previous workshop you have done on this topic.)
  4. Specific learning objectives of the workshop (behavioral)
  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: This will be confirmed by the Admin Planning Team as to availability.
  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, 2020.

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

TBLC – Call for Steering Committee Nominations: Deadline March 1

It’s time once again to begin thinking about selection of those to serve on the Steering Committee of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC). This is the governing body that determines the direction of TBLC and all our various programs and activities.

This message is a call to our membership for those who wish to be considered by the Nominating Committee as potential candidates.

The following positions are up for election this year:

  • Treasurer (2 year term)
  • K-12 Member-At-Large (3 year term)

Committee meetings are held via conference call every month and additional business may be conducted through e-mail. Descriptions of the Steering Committee positions may be found in the Bylaws.

If this opportunity to expand your influence in Team-Based Learning while advancing the work of TBLC fits your personal career goals, then we invite you to submit your nomination for either Treasurer or K-12 Member-At-Large. Self-nominations are welcomed!

Please submit your nominations to Please include a letter or statement of interest and any accompanying documents to support your nomination.

Deadline for nomination is March 1, 2018.

TBLC – Featured Module: Compounds and Stoichiometry

This month’s featured module is “Compounds and Stoichiometry.” The module was developed by Dr. Lorrie Comeford, reviewed, and published to the Resource Portal in the Summer of 2017. The “Compounds and Stoichiometry” module was designed for a course in General Chemistry I, which is the first chemistry course taken by chemistry and biology majors.

The module focuses on 11 learning goals. The learning goals are:

  1. Identify and name ionic and molecular compounds
  2. Use the formula of a compound to calculate a molar mass
  3. Use molar mass to calculate the mass, number of moles, or number of molecules of a compound
  4. Identify reactants and products in a chemical reaction
  5. Balance a chemical equation
  6. Use a balanced chemical equation to find the relationship between the moles of reactants used and/or products produced (stoichiometry with moles)
  7. Use a balanced chemical to find the relationship between the mass of reactants used and/or products produced (stoichiometry with mass)
  8. Use a balanced chemical equation to identify the limiting reactant in terms of moles or mass
  9. Use a balanced chemical equation to find the moles of a product produced when one reactant is limiting
  10. Use a balanced chemical equation to find the mass of product produced when one reactant is limiting
  11. Solve quantitative problems using units

The “Compounds and Stoichiometry” module includes two, five question RATs and three Application Exercises.

This module and many more can be found in the TBLC Resource Portal. Click here to log in to the Member’s Site.

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

TBLC – How to Update Your Membership Profile

Did you know that you can update your contact information and add a picture to your TBLC Membership Profile? If you would like to update your information, you can do so by logging in to the TBLC Member’s Only section of the website here.

Once logged in, click “My Profile” at the top of the page. Once here, you can upload a picture to your profile by clicking on the current picture shown and also make any necessary changes to your membership profile, such as adding your address, phone number, or university.

If you don’t remember your password, you can use the “Forgot your password?” link under the login boxes. If you have any questions about uploading your picture or updating your membership profile, contact Danielle Inscoe at

How to Connect with the TBLC Admin Team

To better support your membership needs, it may be helpful to know the members of the TBLC Admin Team and what they do for the Collaborative.

Julie K. Hewett, CMP, CAE
Association Manager

Julie has been supporting TBLC for over 8 years in many different ways. Currently, she is responsible for Board and Committee support and conference management. Julie will continue to oversee the rest of the management team to support the overall needs of the Collaborative.

Danielle Inscoe
Account Manager, Membership Support

Danielle’s role with TBLC will be as the first point of member contact whether by phone or email. She will be helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the Collaborative and will be available to answer questions regarding memberships and upcoming Collaborative activities. Danielle manages the social media aspect of TBLC. She helps create posts to get the word out about what goes on within the organization. Danielle also ensures the website for TBLC is always up to date while also helping get new content posted as it becomes available.

Cassie Chinn and Amoritia Strogen-Hewett

Although Cassie and Amoritia are not involved with TBLC on a daily basis, they are always ready and willing to help as needed and may be seen at the annual meeting or upcoming workshops.

How to Connect with the Team:

By mail: TBLC
c/o JulNet Solutions, LLC
1404 1/2 Adams Avenue
Huntington, WV 25704

Phone: 304 208 8011
Fax: 304 523 9701

Julie Hewett:
Danielle Inscoe:
When in doubt?

On Social Media:

TBLC 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline and Hotel Reminder

The 2018 TBLC Annual Conference is right around the corner! The Early Bird Deadline is January 15. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate!

The TBLC attendee room rate is $169 per night at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley. The special room rate is for the nights of February 28 – March 4, 2018 will only be available until January 27, 2018.

After January 27, the hotel cannot guarantee a room for TBLC attendees, so be sure to book your hotel before the cut off!

To make your reservations, please call the hotel’s reservation line directly at (800) 222-TREE or you may make your reservations online here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know at We’re looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Happy Holidays from the TBLC Admin Team

From everyone in the TBLC office, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

The TBLC Administrative Office will be closed on December 25-26, 2017 and on January 1, 2018 for the holidays.

We are truly grateful for the support you have provided to us at TBLC and are greatly looking forward to what 2018 has in store!

TBLC – Steering Committee Update

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) would like to offer information and updates on all of the committees that help to make TBLC what it is. This month, we’d like to present our Steering Committee and what it does for the organization.

What is the TBLC Steering Committee?
Put simply, the Steering Committee is the leadership team for the collaborative and is comprised of TBLC members who have been elected or appointed to positions of leadership and service within the collaborative. Specifically, the Steering Committee consists of the Executive Committee (President, Past President, President-Elect, and Treasurer), elected members-at-large, committee chairs, regional community chairs, the Annual Meeting Program chair and chair-elect, the expert advisor, the technology advisor, and the collaborative manager. The TBLC President serves as the chair of the Steering Committee You may access a complete list of the Steering Committee members here.

What is the role of the Steering Committee?
The Steering Committee serves as the principal governing body of the TBLC and, as such, provides leadership across all areas of the collaborative. The committee meets monthly by videoconference and annually at the Annual Meeting to discuss current issues affecting the collaborative and to make decisions regarding strategic direction, new initiatives, and utilization of TBLC resources. The various standing committees of the TBLC bring proposals to the Steering Committee for discussion and decisions when they fall outside of the scope of each committee’s autonomy. Members may learn more about the Steering Committee’s role by reading the TBLC bylaws.

What has the Steering Committee been working on recently?
One of the most exciting developments in the history of the TBLC has been our opportunity to support the international spread of TBL by assisting in the formation of regional communities of TBLC members outside of the U.S. Our first regional community to form was the European TBL Community (ETBLC). Most recently, the Asia-Pacific Coalition (APC) was founded in September 2017. For each community, the role of the Steering Committee has been to review and approve their proposal to form a TBLC regional community and to make decisions about how to best support each community through TBLC resources. For example, the TBLC recently approved a funding plan for regional communities that is based on the number of TBLC members residing in the geographic area represented by the regional community.

The Steering Committee has also been involved in work related to supporting all of our members through the provision of TBL resources and opportunities. For example, the Steering Committee is involved in work and discussions related to our certificate and training programs, our resource bank, grant program, and Annual Meeting. As our membership grows and diversifies, we are realizing that the Trainer-Consultant program may not be the best fit for members who wish to earn an official TBLC expertise designation, and we are exploring a multi-tiered approach to certificates. The recent changes with MedEd Portal have caused us to being exploring how our resource bank might be modified to best fit our members’ needs. And, as is typical for any year, during most of our monthly meeting the Steering Committee discusses the programming plans for the Annual Meeting, often with an eye on how we can improve upon the previous year’s programming.

Contacting the Steering Committee
There are several ways TBLC members may raise awareness of issues at the Steering Committee level. If an issue clearly falls in the scope of one of our standing committees, them members are encouraged to contact the committee chair for initial discussion because all committee chairs are also members of the Steering Committee. For issues that are more general or broad in scope, members are welcome to contact the TBLC President who serves as chair of the Steering Committee.