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TBLC – Call for Members in the News Submissions – Deadline September 20

The next issue of the electronic membership newsletter of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) will be published in October. The purpose of this newsletter is to connect the TBLC membership with information, opportunities, resources, and each other.

We are very pleased to dedicate one section of this newsletter to recognize the professional accomplishments of our members but we need your help! Have you received awards or promotions, landed a great new job, or published an article or research in the last year? We would like to know about it and celebrate your accomplishments in our newsletter!

Please submit your news online here for inclusion in the next edition. Sorry, we can only include professional accomplishments in the newsletter, but welcome you to share your personal news on the TBLC Facebook page!

Deadline: September 20, 2017

TBLC – Top 5 Reasons TBLC Membership is Valuable

Do you know any TBLers who aren’t yet TBLC Members? Here are five reasons they should join TBLC!

  1. Access to the Resource Bank – The TBLC Resource Bank contains member-submitted, peer-reviewed modules to help support your teaching and instruction in a range of disciplines.
  2. Discounted registration for the Annual Meeting and Regional Workshops – Being a TBLC member saves you money when registering for the Annual Meeting or for any Regional Workshops. For example, the 2018 Meeting will cost $495 for registration for non-members, but TBLC members will only pay $395.
  3. Preferential Access to Trainer-Consultants – TBLC members have access to our listing of TBLC Certified Trainer-Consultants. These Trainer-Consultants can help mentor you in expanding TBL in your classroom!
  4. Access to an extensive bibliography of TBL research – The TBLC maintains a bibliography of TBL research papers that only our members have access to.
  5. Updates with News, resources and information valuable to TBLers – Any time there is new information or news that might interest educators using Team-Based Learning, TBLC will let their members know!

Joining TBLC is easy! Visit the TBLC website today at and click “Join Now!” under the “Be a Member” heading!

TBLC – Call for Committee Volunteers

Build your network, your expertise, and your profile by becoming an active member of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative! The TBLC can give you access to a world-wide network of active and like-minded people, and a really good way to do this is to become an active member of one of the committees helping to build TBL internationally.

The TBLC Steering Committee would like to invite you to become more involved with the Collaborative. There are several areas in which volunteer help is always welcomed and appreciated.

Membership Committee – The Membership Committee develops methods and programs for active membership recruitment and retention. Two recent responsibilities include the three to four yearly newsletters and the development and monitoring of the new website.

Editorial Board – The Editorial Board reviews all resources, modules and other publications that are submitted to the TBLC for endorsement by the organization. The Editorial Board consists of a Chair and committee responsible for determining the process of review of these publications. Additional volunteers assist with peer review.

Scholarship Committee – The Scholarship Committee is responsible for fostering, enhancing and encouraging the scholarship of teaching and learning within the Collaborative. This committee aids members in developing individual and collaborative research endeavors to measure outcomes associated with TBL, and promotes the publishing of scholarly materials. Annual responsibilities include peer reviewing grants when offered by TBLC.

Educational Development Committee – The Educational Development Committee is responsible for obtaining, evaluating, developing, and disseminating TBL best practices and materials about TBL to be used by the membership and for recruitment.

Finance Committee – The Finance Committee, chaired by the Treasurer, is responsible for oversight of all financial matters of the Collaborative, and for the development of the annual Collaborative financial report and respective budgets.

Membership at a committee level fosters international collaborative relationships with like-minded colleagues, and may well enhance your professional standing and opportunities.

Please contact Danielle at if you would like to volunteer for a TBLC committee position.

TBLC – Are You Using TBL in a K-12 Classroom?

Are you using TBL in an elementary, middle or high school? We want to hear from you! The TBLC would like to begin putting together a special interest group for those using TBL at the primary and secondary levels. The goal of this group is to help support TBLers at this level.

If you’d like to be involved, please contact us at and we will add you to our K-12 group listing. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

TBLC – Featured Module: Personality Disorders

This month’s featured module is “Personality Disorders”. The module was developed by Dr. Ruth Levine, reviewed, and published to the Resource Bank in the Fall of 2015. The “Personality Disorders” module was designed for a third year psychiatry clerkship with teams of 4-6 students in a classroom of 20-24 medical students.

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

  1. To be able to differentiate between the personality disorders.
  2. To be able to name and apply the most appropriate strategies for managing patients who experience interpersonal difficulties.
  3. To be able to describe the importance of establishing firm but compassionate limits when working with patients with personality disorders.

The “Personality Disorders” module includes a 13 question RAT and 2 Application Exercises.

This module and many more can be found in the TBLC Resource Bank. 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 Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to

TBLC – Featured Module: Cellular Membranes and Membrane Transporters

This month’s featured module is Cellular Membranes and Membrane Transporters. The Module was developed by Dr. Ruth Vinall, reviewed, and published to the Resource Bank in the Fall of 2016. The Cellular Membranes and Membrane Transporters module was designed for a course in a Biochemistry and Cell & Molecular Biology course. The is a foundational course that is taught to an average of 120 pharmacy students during the first year/first semester of their 4 year PharmD program. The majority of students are bio majors. This is one of 23 TBL modules in a one semester 5 unit course.

The Module focuses on five learning goals. The Learning Goals are:

  • Describe the key differences in structure and function of transporters, ion channels, and aquaporins.
  • Explain why transporters and ion channels are essential for cell function and survival.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of different types of membrane transporters and how this impacts function.
  • Discuss how dysfunction of membrane transporters can result in diseases and disorders.
  • Utilize knowledge of membrane transporters to select appropriate therapeutic targets and interventions.

The Cellular Membranes and Membrane Transporters module includes a seven question RAT and one three-part Application Exercise.

This module and many more can be found in the TBLC Resource Bank. 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 Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to

TBLC Scholarship/Research Collaboration Opportunities!

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce we have developed a process for you to seek collaborators and mentors for scholarly writing and research projects.

The process will work as follows:

  1. Complete this survey for each scholarly writing and research project idea you have.*
  2. The Scholarship Committee will review responses monthly.
  3. The Scholarship Committee will solicit collaborators/mentors via the membership email listserv on your behalf.
  4. Members with interest in collaborating on the project will contact the idea generators directly.
  5. Once the writing/research team is identified go ahead and get to work!

*Please note this survey was built using Google Forms. You may have difficulty accessing it from a computer/tablet at work, so we recommend to try using a personal device at home.

We look forward to assisting to create collaborative scholarship/research teams among the TBLC!

There’s still time left to register for the TBLC 2017 Regional Workshop in Chicago

There’s still some time left to register for the TBLC Regional Workshop in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 30th at the Chicago O’Hare Hilton. Amy Lin, Abbas Hyderi, and Hugh Clements-Jewery will be presenting the following sessions:

  • TBL 101 – This is the single best introduction to TBL. It is conducted in a TBL format, participants must prepare ahead, take an IRAT, and engage actively with their assigned team members. The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module are emphasized.
  • Creating an Effective Module – This workshop is for educators who have completed the introductory workshop on Team-Based Learning™ – TBL 101. The entire workshop is conducted in a TBL format and there is an advance assignment.

Please click here to register today. For additional details please contact the TBLC office by phone (304) 208-8011 or email at

TBLC 2018 – Workshop Abstract Deadline Extended – Deadline July 22!

The deadline for the 2018 Call for Workshop Abstracts has been extended one week! Please be sure to submit your proposal in the format requested through the online abstract submission site found here.

The new deadline for submission is July 22, 2017.

Please note that the call for poster abstracts will be sent in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or issues submitting your workshop abstract, please email Danielle Inscoe at

TBLC 2018 – Reminder Workshop Abstract Submission Deadline July 15

As a reminder, the deadline for workshop abstracts for the 2018 TBLC meeting in San Diego, California from March 1-3, 2018 is July 15, 2017.

Proposals are to be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site. Workshops are currently being accepted in three tracks: Fundamentals, Innovations and Applications, and Scholarship and Research.

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