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Interested in Earning a TBLC Certification?

The TBLC offers a 3-tiered certification process for educators: (1) Fundamentals, (2) Practitioner, and (3) Trainer-Consultant. These are described below. Further information is available at www.teambasedlearning.org and clicking on Resources.

Fundamentals
To obtain the Fundamentals Certification, educators must attend five (5) workshops that are essential to laying the foundation for applying a team-based learning strategy.

All five Fundamentals workshops will be available at the TBLC 2023 Annual Conference. Click here for details!

Practitioner
The Practitioner Certification is designed for those who are skilled in the development of TBL modules and experienced in facilitation using the TBL strategy.

Trainer-Consultant
The Trainer-Consultant Certification is designed for members of the TBLC who have achieved practitioner certification and are now actively mentoring others to develop their own TBL modules. *It’s highly recommended that you complete the Practitioner Certification prior to beginning the Trainer-Consultant Certification.

For more information on TBL Certification please visit our website.

#TBLC23 Welcomes Plenary Speaker Dr. Changiz Mohiyeddini

The 22nd Annual TBLC Meeting is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know our keynote sessions! We have three presentations this year and we hope you enjoy each. One of our plenary addresses will be given by Dr. Changiz Mohiyeddini, Professor and Director of Behavioral Medicine & Psychopathology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Dr. Changiz Mohiyeddini

Plenary: Determinants and Consequences of Engaging and Successful Team-Based Learning Activities for Adolescent and Adult Learners
Date and Time:
 March 13, 2023 at 8:15 AM ET

Team-based learning (TBL) has been increasingly implemented within higher education and in business sectors as a high-quality pedagogical tool over the last decade. In general, TBL is an approach that enables educators to provide opportunities to solve real-life job-related problems and collect authentic professional experiences. However, little is known about the psychological and educational determinants of an engaging and successful TBL and how these can be utilized to predict and achieve the desired outcomes of TBL. This course will provide an evidence-based theoretical framework to understand the main determinants of an engaging and successful TBL, age appropriateness, and feasibility of different strategies.

Dr. Mohiyeddini joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine faculty in September 2019 as a Full Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies. He is the director of Behavioral Medicine and Psychopathology. Dr. Mohiyeddini received his PhD in Psychology from the Universidad of Trier (Germany) and his habilitation from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany).

Prior to joining the faculty at OUWB, Dr. Mohiyeddini held senior faculty positions at higher education institutions in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxemburg, England, and the United States. The teaching portfolio of Dr. Mohiyeddini comprises Behavioral Medicine, (Child and Adult) Psychopathology, Brain and Behavior, Clinical-Health Psychology, Personality Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Counselling Psychology, and Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Furthermore, he has extensive expertise in development, evaluation, and management of academic programs and curriculums. Dr. Mohiyeddini’s teaching has been acknowledged with several awards for outstanding teaching throughout his career.

Dr. Mohiyeddini is an experienced psychotherapist and serves as a quantitative and assessment counselor to medical schools and hospitals in Europe to develop, implement, and evaluate community-based educational and health-related clinical projects. Furthermore, he contributed to the advancement of his discipline and the scientific community as a longstanding Editor-in-Chief and member of editorial boards of several international academic journals.

We hope you enjoy what we are sure will be a very engaging plenary discussion.

Tomorrow is the TBLC Mid-Year Virtual Forum!

Don’t miss your chance to join the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) for our Mid-Year Virtual Forum! Do you want to improve how you evaluate your students? Have you ever thought about methods outside of the traditional grading systems? Do you want to hear about the latest research and innovation in student assessment? Join us tomorrow for a one-day virtual event where you can connect with colleagues from around the world as we reflect on evaluation in Team-Based Learning. Register today!

Virtual Forum Schedule

Plenary Address: Do We Deserve a D or an F for our Grading Practices?
Presented by Jeff Cain
October 27, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET

Educators have typically used grades as a measure of learning, to provide feedback, and to motivate students to learn. This session will describe how traditional grading practices are problematic and why it is time to examine alternatives. Attendees will participate in a TBL exercise designed to stimulate thinking about grading reform.

Click Here for a Special Interview with Jeff Cain!

Workshop: Alternative Grading in the TBL Classroom
Presented by Drew Lewis
October 27, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

With the increasing popularity of alternative grading structures across disciplines, many TBL practitioners have wondered how best to implement them in their TBL classes. In this workshop, we will give a brief overview of some of the most common alternative grading structures, such as Standards-Based Grading, Specifications Grading, and Ungrading, and discuss considerations for deciding which one is most appropriate for a particular instructional context. 

Expert Panel: Effective Peer Evaluation
Moderated by TBLC President Julie Estis
October 27, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET

In this fast-paced session, you’ll hear rapid-fire talks from experienced TBL researchers and practitioners on how they approach peer evaluation and what we can learn from research on peer evaluation. They will share key takeaways and resources for further exploration.

Workshop: Four Steps Closer to Equitable Grading
Presented by Laurie Schroder
October 27, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

This presentation will introduce, in brief, current research on threats to equitable grading, which often parallel identified deficiencies in traditional grading systems. Accepting that there is resistance to change to grading processes, and that we often function within institutions that require traditional grading, we will discuss four steps that we can take to make our grading more equitable within traditional systems, even as we strive for change.

Don’t forget, we will be making a special announcement during the Virtual Forum regarding the TBLC 2023 Annual Meeting. 

We will see you tomorrow!

Registration Now Open for #TBLC23!

Dear Collegues,

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our 22nd Annual Meeting on Team-Based Learning scheduled for March 11-14, 2023 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, USA. “Engagement with TBL” will be the central theme for the conference.

March 11-14, 2023
Orlando, Florida, USA

Meeting Highlights: Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for March 11 and March 12, 2023. These sessions will provide attendees with the fundamentals of team-based learning, including the creation of modules and effective implementation strategies.

The theme for the 2023 conference is “Engaging with TBL”. The conference will have three plenary addresses presented by experts in the field of TBL. More information on these plenary addresses will be coming soon, so please keep an eye on your email!

The conference will also include hands-on workshops, oral presentations, and poster sessions. While pre-conference Fundamentals workshops will provide attendees with the basics of team-based learning, sessions on Innovation and Research & Scholarship will challenge attendees to further develop their skills or collect, analyze, and publish their work in Team-Based Learning.

For more information, visit the 2023 TBLC Annual Meeting website. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in March!

Thank you,
Suzan Kamel-ElSayed, DVM, PhD
Daniel Griffin, PhD
Chair and Co-Chair of the 2023 Program Committee

Expert Panel to Present “Effective Peer Evaluation”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will continue our program this year with our expert panel, including members of the TBLC leadership, TBL Trainer-Consultants, and other experienced members of the TBL Community.

Effective Peer Evaluation

From left to right are Andrea Bowersox, Neil Haave,
Sarah Lerchenfeldt, Will Ofstad, Priti Patel, and Maria Sheakley

When: October 28, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:15 PM EST
Panelists: Andrea Bowersox, Neil Haave, Sarah Lerchenfeldt, Will Ofstad, Priti Patel, and Maria Sheakley. Moderated by Julie Estis.
Session Description: In this fast-paced session, you’ll hear rapid-fire talks from experienced TBL researchers and practitioners on how they approach peer evaluation and what we can learn from research on peer evaluation. They will share key takeaways and resources for further exploration.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit www.TBLCvirtualforum.org

The 2022 Mid-Year Virtual Forum is this week! We will soon be announcing a special deal for the TBLC 2023 Annual Meeting for those registered for the Virtual Forum. Keep an eye on your email for details!

Is It Time to Rethink Grading?

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. Research is showing that traditional grading systems are ineffective when it comes to properly assessing student performance in the classroom. This Virtual Forum aims to take a deep dive into evaluation practices and introduce new methods that better serve both students and educators. We hope you join us next Friday, October 28 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET as we think again about evaluation in team-based learning. 

Schedule at a glance:

Click on each session title for more information!

Laurie Schroder to Present “Four Steps Closer to Equitable Grading”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will conclude our program this year with Laurie Schroder from East Tennessee State University. 

Laurie Schroder, PT

Four Steps Closer to Equitable Grading

When: October 28, 2022 from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Session Description: This presentation will introduce, in brief, current research on threats to equitable grading, which often parallel identified deficiencies in traditional grading systems. Accepting that there is resistance to change to grading processes, and that we often function within institutions that require traditional grading, we will discuss four steps that we can take to make our grading more equitable within traditional systems, even as we strive for change.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit www.TBLCvirtualforum.org

The 2022 Mid-Year Virtual Forum is just a few weeks away! Stay tuned for a special offer we will make available to all attendees of the Virtual Forum. Keep an eye on your email for details!

Last Call for #TBLC23 Poster & Oral Abstracts Due October 15

Don’t miss your opportunity to submit a poster or oral abstract for the TBLC 2023 Annual Meeting! The TBLC extends a warm welcome to join them for their 22nd annual meeting from Saturday, March 11 to Tuesday, March 14, 2023. This year we are planning an exciting conference filled with engaging sessions and plenty of networking opportunities. “Engagement with TBL” is our central theme for this year’s conference. We hope attendees will not only have the opportunity to learn more about the utilization of TBL, but will also explore strategies to create and adapt their TBL classrooms. 

Oral Presentations
Conference participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations on topics related to research, innovations or applications of TBL. These oral presentations are brief summaries and should be a maximum of 10 minutes. Please do not include figures in your abstract. More information about the submission instructions can be found here.

Proposals for oral presentations must be submitted by October 15, 2022.  

Poster Presentations
We invite you to submit abstracts for posters on any topic relevant to TBL. Poster presenters will be asked to design a poster to highlight major findings. All attendees of the meeting can submit in advance an abstract for a poster. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee for quality and relevance. Abstracts will be 300 words or less in length. While references are a usual component of a poster, do not include in the 300-word abstract. Please do not include figures in your abstract. More information about the submission instructions can be found here.

Proposals for posters must be submitted by October 15, 2022.

If you have any questions or problems with your abstract submission, please send them to support@tblcadmin.org.

Drew Lewis to Present “Alternative Grading in the TBL Classroom”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will continue our program this year with Drew Lewis from the University of South Alabama. 

Drew Lewis, PhD

When: October 28, 2022 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST
Session Description: With the increasing popularity of alternative grading structures across disciplines, many TBL practitioners have wondered how best to implement them in their TBL classes. In this workshop, we will give a brief overview of some of the most common alternative grading structures, such as Standards-Based Grading, Specifications Grading, and Ungrading, and discuss considerations for deciding which one is most appropriate for a particular instructional context. We will also spend time on specific and concrete implementation details with each of these, particularly as they relate to the structure of a TBL course.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit www.TBLCvirtualforum.org

The 2022 Mid-Year Virtual Forum is just a few weeks away! Stay tuned for a special offer we will make available to all attendees of the Virtual Forum. Keep an eye on your email for details!

Jeff Cain to Present “Do We Deserve a D or an F for our Grading Practices?”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will open our program this year with our plenary speaker, Jeff Cain from the Kentucky College of Pharmacy. 

Click the image above to watch Dr. Lauren Vicker’s recent interview with Jeff Cain. During the interview, Cain and Vicker discuss the use of social media in the classroom, the effectiveness of peer evaluation, and the effects they see that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had on the student community in their classrooms. Vicker then asks Cain what attendees can expect from his plenary address and he shares his perspective on the flaws of the traditional grading systems. “I’ve struggled with how to do grades and grading in a way that accurately measures learning, that is motivating, and is fair and equitable,” says Cain. Research is showing that there is a better way to do it – for both students and educators. This interview is a preview of what is to come in Cain’s plenary address. 

Do We Deserve a D or an F
For Our Grading Practices?

When: October 28, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:15 AM EST
Session Description: Educators have typically used grades as a measure of learning, to provide feedback, and to motivate students to learn. This session will describe how traditional grading practices are problematic for each of those and why it is time to examine alternate approaches. Attendees will participate in a team-based learning exercise designed to stimulate thinking about grading reform.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit www.TBLCvirtualforum.org

We hope to see you in October!