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#TBLC20 Workshop Abstracts Still Being Accepted – Due July 15

The deadline for workshop abstract submission for the 2020 TBLC meeting in Portland, Oregon is Monday, July 15, 2019.

*UPDATED FOR 2020* Please note that workshops do not need to be presented in TBL format.

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.

Poster and Oral abstract submission will open in August. New for 2020, authors will have two tracks for Oral presentations: Research and Focus Session. More information regarding those abstracts, including submission instructions, will be shared next month. If you have any questions or problems with your workshop submission, please send them to at

TBLC 2019 Steering Committee Election Results

It is our pleasure to announce that we have two newly elected members of our Steering Committee. Thanks to all who participated in our recent election process. These new Steering Committee members will initiate their terms immediately.

Julie Estis
University of South Alabama

Member-at-Large Health Sciences
Sarah Lerchenfeldt
Oakland University William Beaumont SOM

Moving off of the Steering Committee is Karla Kubitz, Past President. That position will now be held for a two-year term by Michael Nelson as Michelle Farland steps into the role of TBLC President. Please join us in congratulating our new and renewed Steering Committee members as they work toward our continuing efforts to make TBLC a leader in promoting the understanding and evolution of TBL across the educational community.

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

Registration Now Open for TBLC Regional Workshop – Phoenix & TBLC Regional Workshop – Mechanicsburg

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) is offering two unique opportunities to learn about team-based learning at their regional workshops in Phoenix, Arizona and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. 


TBL Regional Workshop – Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport
Faculty Instructors: Judi Bradetich and Chris Burns


TBLC Regional Workshop – Mechanicsburg, PA
Saturday, September 21, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center
Faculty Instructors: Liz Winter and Sarah Leupen

Each of these all-day sessions will offer 2 workshops:

Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL
This workshop will be an introduction to Team-Based Learning™ (TBL) conducted in the TBL format. Participants will be given a preparatory assignment, divided into teams, given individual and team readiness assurance tests with immediate feedback, and achieve consensus with their team on a set of increasingly challenging application-based questions.

 The goal of this workshop is for participants to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the fundamental components, the sequence of events, and the benefits of TBL. Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the essential principles and components of Team-Based Learning (TBL).
  • Explain how and why TBL works.
  • Discuss the benefits of using TBL.
  • Illustrate how to transform a small group into a productive learning team.

Creating an Effective TBL 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.

Participants will practice and develop skills for creating effective Team-Based Learning modules by participating in the following activities:

  • a clarification of the process and importance of readiness assurance
  • differentiation of the levels and types of application exercise questions
  • an opportunity to practice writing objectives for an application exercise writing an application exercise and comparing and contrasting the application exercises of others

Visit the website for the Regional Workshop – Phoenix or the Regional Workshop – Mechanicsburgfor more information on the sessions, speakers, hotel accommodations and to register.

Call for TBLC Executive Editor of Publications

The TBLC is seeking a new Executive Editor of Publications. The primary role of the Executive Editor of Publications is to serve as Chair of the Editorial Board and provide oversight to the TBL module resource bank that is available to all members. The TBLC is also excited about a new opportunity to partner with an external company to build TBL modules for their customers to use in their classrooms. The Executive Editor of Publications will work collaboratively with the TBLC President related to this project serving a 3-year term. 


  • Required
    • Expertise in TBL and passion to provide leadership
    • Management of the TBLC Resource Bank 
    • Enthusiasm to develop potential new ventures related to publication opportunities
    • Experience serving as a reviewer in a peer review process
    • Participation in monthly Steering Committee meetings
  • Preferred
    • Experience as an editorial board member, assistant/associate editor, or editor for a journal, book, electronic educational resource, etc.

To apply, please submit a letter of intent (no longer than 2 pages) and a curriculum vitae via email to

 Application deadline: August 9, 2019

Please review the TBLC bylaws for more information about the Steering Committee. If you have any questions about this position or the duties pertained therein please

Thank you,
Michelle Farland
TBLC President

Build your network, your expertise, and your profile with TBLC!

The TBLC can give you access to a worldwide 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.

Editorial Board – The Editorial Board reviews all resources, modules and other publications that are submitted to the TBLC for endorsement by the organization.

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 is responsible for the oversight of all financial matters of the Collaborative and for the development of the annual Collaborative financial report and respective budgets.

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.

Research & Scholarship Committee – The Research & Scholarship Committee is responsible for fostering, enhancing and encouraging the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning within the TBLC. This Committee aids members in developing individual and collaborative research endeavors to measure processes and outcomes associated with TBL, and promotes the publishing of scholarly materials related to TBL. Annual responsibilities also include peer reviewing grant proposals submitted to the TBLC for funding.

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

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

#TBLC20 Workshop Abstracts Still Being Accepted – Due July 15

As a reminder, the deadline for workshop abstracts for the 2020 TBLC meeting in Portland, Oregon from March 14-17, 2020 is July 15, 2019.

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. 

*UPDATED FOR 2020* Please note that workshops do not need to be presented in TBL format.

Please note that there will be other opportunities to submit topics and research for consideration during the meeting. Watch your email for calls for posters as well as research presentation roundtable discussion topics. If you have any questions or problems with your workshop submission, please send them to at

Reminder – TBLC 2020 Call for Research Grant Submissions – Due July 31

To help TBLC members participate in opportunities that provide educational scholarship, the TBLC will provide funding to initiate new educational research or evaluation proposals in 2020-2021. Project budgets of $2,000-$5,000 may be requested, with single institution projects to be awarded at the low end, and collaborative multi-institution projects at the high end.

Deadline for submission – July 31, 2019

Nominations are to be submitted through our online submission portal here. If you have any questions or trouble submitting, please reach out via email before July 31 to

Call for Authors-Reviewers for New TBL Modules in Partnership with EHR Go

The TBLC is piloting a partnership with EHR Go™ to create TBL modules that accompany patient cases in their educational electronic health record. The TBLC is seeking people in the health sciences with expertise in the areas listed below to serve as either an author or reviewer of the modules.
Areas of Expertise:

  • Geriatric Medicine 
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist

A brief description of the patient case that was selected for this pilot is below:

Harold Jenkins (scene 2) is a 74-year-old who has recently had a total hip replacement for osteoarthritis. After a short hospital stay he was transferred for inpatient rehabilitation at Valley View Therapy Center. While at the Therapy Center, he developed signs of depression and an SSRI was started. He is now receiving outpatient rehabilitation services via home health in his assisted living apartment. Harold has early stage dementia and needs home health care with nursing, physical, and occupational therapies.
Author Responsibilities:

  • Write a TBL module to accompany the patient case that is specific to your profession.
  • Co-write a TBL module with authors from other health professions that could be used in an interprofessional education experience.
  • TBL modules will include: 
    • Recommendations for pre-class preparation materials (e.g. textbook chapter, clinical practice guideline, review article)
    • Learning objectives
    • Individual and team readiness assurance test questions and answer key
    • Team application activities 
    • TBL module facilitator guide
  • Attend an EHR Go™ training webinar (or review the recording of the webinar)
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the medical information included in the modules.
  • The first draft of the discipline-specific TBL module is due on July 29, 2019.
  • The first draft of the interprofessional TBL module is due on August 26, 2019.

Reviewer Responsibilities:

  • Critically evaluate the structure of the TBL module created to ensure that it follows the principles of TBL. (checklists of essential TBL module components will be provided)
  • Critically evaluate learning objectives and multiple choice questions (RAT, Team applications) are written to a high standard that follow best practices. (checklists of high-quality learning objectives and multiple choice questions will be provided)
  • Attend an EHR Go™ training webinar (or review the recording of the webinar)
  • Submit comments for the author within 2 weeks from the time the module was received. We anticipate sending discipline-specific modules to reviewers in early August 2019 and the interprofessional module in early September 2019.

Authors and Reviewers will receive nominal compensation for their work related to this project.
For questions regarding the role of the authors or reviewers, please contact Michelle Farland (

To volunteer to serve as an author or reviewer, please send the information below to: Danielle Inscoe (

  • Area of expertise
  • Preference to serve as an author or reviewer
  • Brief description of your experience developing TBL modules

We look forward to your submissions.

TBLC Featured Resource Elements

Title: Elements
Authors: Lorrie Comeford
Affiliations: Salem State University
Resources available with this module: Readings
Context: General Chemistry I (Undergraduate)
This module is for General Chemistry I which is the first chemistry course taken by undergraduate chemistry and biology majors. It has been used with classes ranging in size from 35 to 40. This is the second TBL module in the course, and it typically takes three 90 minute periods to complete. Topics include: the periodic table, elements, ions, isotopes, molar mass and moles. 

Required Reading

Students are given the following reading guide for a chapter in their textbook. This module was used with Chemistry: A Molecular Approach by Nivaldo Tro (Tro, Nivaldo J. Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, 3rd ed.; Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2013.), but it could be adapted for any General Chemistry text. In the text by Tro, students read sections 2.5-2.9 which is about 20 pages. All reading assignments are posted at the beginning of the semester, and students have at least two days to complete the reading.


  • Predict the reactivity and physical properties of the elements using the periodic table.
  • Determine the number of protons, neutrons and electrons for a given isotope.
  • Write the symbol for an isotope given the number of protons and neutrons.
  • Determine the number of protons and electrons for a given ion.
  • Use the periodic table to predict the charge on monatomic ions.
  • Identify the location of metals, nonmetals and metalloids.
  • Identify the location of main group elements and transition metals.
  • Name following groups: 1A, 2A, 7A, 8A.
  • Use the Avogadro constant to calculate moles or number of molecules.
  • Use the molar mass to calculate mass or number of moles.
  • Solve quantitative problems using units

For more information on this, and more, modules available in the Resource Bank, please visit the Resource Portal.