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More Space Available in TBL Fundamentals Workshops at #TBLC19

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The 2019 TBLC Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida is already proving an enormous success! Key Fundamentals workshops like Creating an Effective TBL Module and Fundamental Principles and Practices have been so successful that they have already sold out more than a month before the open of the meeting. To accommodate as many educators ready to earn their “Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL” certificate during their time in Tampa, we have INCREASED the cap on those workshops to 75 people per course! You can now register for all five of those sessions here!

Interested in earning the “Knowledge and Fundamentals of TBL” certificate in Tampa? These are the workshops you’ll need.

Fundamentals Schedule  
Date & TimeWorkshopSpeakers
Thursday, March 14
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBLCaroline Wilson and Liz Winter
Thursday, March 14
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Creating an Effective TBL ModuleJudi Bradetich and Peggy Mohr
Friday, March 15, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application ActivitiesKarla Kubitz and Julie Estis
Friday, March 15
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Effective FacilitationParto Khansari and Ruth Vinall
Saturday, March 16, 2019    8:00 AM – 9:45 AMImplementation of TBL Peer FeedbackSarah Lerchenfeldt, Suzan El Sayed and Gustavo Patino 

Simply complete all five workshops to earn your “Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL” certificate. To apply for that certificate after the meeting, simply fill out an application on our website and you are on your way! Only need one or two Fundamentals workshops to complete your requirements? That’s no problem! Feel free to register for only those workshops you need to finish your coursework. 

Want to register for the meeting but not a TBLC Member yet? No problem! Register for the 2019 TBLC Annual Meetingas a non-member and receive ONE FREE YEAR of membership in the Team-Based Learning Collaborative. Emailsupport@tblcadmin.org for more information.

Don’t Miss This Session! Let’s Get ‘Em Engaged Online!

With the 2019 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Let’s Get ‘Em Engaged Online! This session will be presented by Annetta Dolowitz from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Michael Dorneich from Iowa State University, James Grogan from Oakland University William Beaumont SOM, Brian O’Dwyer from InteDashboard and Jennifer Styron from Eastern Virginia Medical School. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Let’s Get ‘Em Engaged Online!
Presented by: Annetta Dolowitz – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Michael Dorneich – Iowa State University
James Grogan – Oakland University William Beaumont SOM
Brian O’Dwyer – InteDashboard
Jennifer Styron – Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolDate: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM


The purpose of this workshop is to review the best practice principles for creating and implementing the Readiness Assurance Process (RAP) and 4S application activities in an online course. The workshop will be delivered in a hybrid format with both face-to-face and online components. In the pre-workshop online portion, participants will reading materials, form teams, and conduct an online RAP process. In the workshop itself, the face-to-face portion, participants will complete their team-RAT with their other team members, engage in discussion, and conduct 4S application activities where teams will continue collaborating in the online format while they complete these application activities. Finally, barriers to success (i.e. cheating or team loafers) and strategies to proactively reduce these barriers will be discussed. Presenters will (1) review recommendations from the TBL Online Community of Practice Applications Group manuscript, in process, and (2) discuss how these principles can be integrating into the design and development of online courses utilizing the TBL instructional strategy, and (3) consider alignment of these principles with QM Standards. Participants will have the opportunity to experience use of an online platform to deliver the RAP and application exercise components of TBL. Through the interactive session, participants will have a clearer perception of students’ online experience and how making use of existing tools can simplify the process and assist in running these components of TBL smoothly. This workshop is for individuals familiar with TBL who are currently teaching online courses, designing online courses, delivering professional development, and/or are interested in how TBL may be facilitated in an online environment. TBL educators who are looking for ideas or how to resolve issues they are encountering, particularly in the RAP and 4S application exercise components of delivering TBL online, may also find this workshop valuable.

Want to register for the meeting but not a TBLC Member yet? No problem! Register for the 2019 TBLC Annual Meeting as a non-member and receive ONE FREE YEAR of membership in the Team-Based Learning Collaborative. Email support@tblcadmin.org for more information.

Don’t Miss This Session! Leading Change Initiatives with Panel Discussion

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With the 2019 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Leading Change Initiatives. This session will be presented by Julie Estis and Ronald Styron from the University of South Alabama and Daniel Griffin from Nova Southeastern University. We hope you enjoy this session! 

Title: Leading Change Initiatives with Panel Discussion
Presented by: Julie Estis – University of South Alabama
Daniel Griffin – Nova Southeastern University
Ronald Styron – University of South AlabamaDate: Friday, March 14, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

*Please note that this half-day session has an additional fee of $85.

By the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify a process for leading change.
  • Select appropriate strategies to initiate and sustain change.
  • Compare factors based upon role (i.e. faculty, departmental leadership, institution wide oversight) and apply appropriate strategies to enable action.

In the second half of the session our leadership panel will lead a discussion about leading change. Panelists will range from a diverse set of backgrounds to discuss leadership strategies that have helped them succeed in leading change initiatives. 

If you’d like to register for this workshop but have already registered for the meeting, you may email the TBLC office at support@tblcadmin.org for assistance. You can also change your registration online at www.tblcmeeting.org, selecting “Already Registered?” at the bottom of the page, and entering your email address and password. Didn’t set up a password when you registered? No problem! Simply select the link on that page that says, “Don’t know your password? Click here to reset it.”

#TBLC19 Poster Abstracts Now Online!

The 2019 TBLC Annual Meeting poster abstracts are now listed online. Abstracts are listed in one of four categories – Fundamentals, Innovation, Scholarship, and Other. Please click the following links for each category of abstracts:

Abstracts – Fundamentals
Abstracts – Innovation
Abstracts – Scholarship
Abstracts – Other

Not registered for the meeting? Registration is still available online at www.tblcmeeting.org

Don’t Miss This Session! Standards Based & Specifications Grading

With the 2019 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Standards Based and Specifications Grading: Shifting Student Focus from Earning Points to Learning. This session will be presented by Steven Clontz and Drew Lewis from the University of South Alabama. We hope you enjoy this session! 

Title: Standards Based and Specifications Grading: Shifting Student Focus from Earning Points to Learning
Presented by: Drew Lewis – University of South AlabamaDate: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM


Imagine a class in which students ask you to give them another exam; in which students know exactly which skills they have mastered and which they need to practice; in which students walk in to your office and say, “Professor, let me show you I know how to…?” instead of begging for partial credit. This is the environment created by a grading system called Standards Based and Specifications Grading (SBSG). In this workshop, you will be introduced to Standards Based Grading and Specifications Grading and begin incorporating them into your TBL class. We will discuss the behavioral shifts we see in our students in SBSG courses. You will discover how Specifications Grading allows you to eliminate false equivalences created by traditional (weighted average) grading schemes, and keep measures of student learning independent of behavioral incentives (such as readiness assurance tests and peer evaluations). You will also learn how Standards Based Grading inherently produces data measuring how well students are meeting your TBL course’s learning outcomes, which can be used to guide and evaluate future pedagogical innovations in the course. 

If you’d like to register for this workshop but have already registered for the meeting, you may email the TBLC office at support@tblcadmin.org for assistance. You can also change your registration online at www.tblcmeeting.org, selecting “Already Registered?” at the bottom of the page, and entering your email address and password. Didn’t set up a password when you registered? No problem! Simply select the link on that page that says, “Don’t know your password? Click here to reset it.”

Spaces Still Remain to Exhibit with TBLC in Tampa, Florida!

March is just around the corner. Will you be joining us in Tampa? We are pleased to extend your company an invitation to be an exhibitor at the Team-Based Learning Collaborative’s (TBLC) Annual Conference to be held on March 14-16, 2019, at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Tampa, FL!


The TBLC is a group of educators dedicated to supporting faculty that have implemented, or wish to implement, Team-Based Learning. Our past Conferences have been attended by educators from many different disciplines and K-12 education, and from many different institutions around the world.


For more information on exhibiting, please see our exhibitor brochure for pricing and details or please contact the TBLC office at support@tblcadmin.org or by phone at (304) 208-8011. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Spots Still Available for the FREE TBLC 2019 Preview Webinar

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There is still availability to view the FREE orientation webinar for the 18th Annual TBLC Meeting on Thursday, January 10. This webinar is your sneak peek into the preconference workshops, keynote speakers and workshops that make the TBLC annual meeting the can’t-miss team-based learning event of the year! Join our panelists, Dr. Peter Balan and Dr. Jennifer Styron in an enriching and engaging look into the upcoming meeting in Tampa, Florida!


Panelists: Peter Balan, University of South Australia MGN School and Jennifer Styron, Eastern Virginia Medical School


Register here for the TBLC webinar at 12:00pm ET on Thursday, January 10 for an hour-long preview of the meeting, including an orientation to the workshops and sessions, speakers and poster presentations that round out our robust conference. Take an in-depth look at the content offered in each workshop as well as the content’s interconnectedness across various disciplines. Peter and Jennifer will show you why the TBLC annual meeting can benefit any educator who wants to meet and interact with others who are serious about developing their knowledge of TBL and why the session offerings are essential for every serious TBL instructor.
We will also have time for a Q&A session where you will have the chance to ask questions about the conference.


Remember to register for the conference and make your hotel arrangements at www.tblcmeeting.org. The deadline for Early Bird registrations is 15 January.

PREVIEW THE 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE!

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Don’t miss the FREE orientation webinar for the 18th Annual TBLC Meeting on Thursday, January 10. This webinar is your sneak peak into the preconference workshops, keynote speakers and workshops that make the TBLC annual meeting the can’t-miss team-based learning event of the year! Join our panelists, Dr. Peter Balan and Dr. Jennifer Styron in an enriching and engaging look into the upcoming meeting in Tampa, Florida!

Panelists: Peter Balan, University of South Australia MGN School and Jennifer Styron, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Register here for the TBLC webinar at 12:00pm ET on Thursday, January 10 for an hour-long preview of the meeting, including an orientation to the workshops and sessions, speakers and poster presentations that round out our robust conference. Take an in-depth look at the content offered in each workshop as well as the content’s interconnectedness across various disciplines. Peter and Jennifer will show you why the TBLC annual meeting can benefit any educator who wants to meet and interact with others who are serious about developing their knowledge of TBL and why the session offerings are essential for every serious TBL instructor.

We will also have time for a Q&A session where you will have the chance to ask questions about the conference.

Remember to register for the conference and make your hotel arrangements at www.tblcmeeting.org. The deadline for Early Bird registrations is 15 January.

Early Bird Discount Deadline January 15, 2019!

The 2019 TBLC Annual Conference is right around the corner and the Early Bird Deadline is January 15. Currently, registration is $395/$495 for member/non-member. After the Early Bird Deadline, rates will increase to $475/$575 for member/non-member registration. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate!

The TBLC attendee room rate is $239 per night at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. The special room rate is for the nights of March 14-16, 2019. This special rate will only be available until February 11, 2016.

After February 11, 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) 468-3571 or visit the hotel’s booking website and use group code TBL.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know at support@tblcadmin.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Florida!