Conference News

Call for Best Paper Award Nominations – Due 7/15

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) wishes to recognize excellence and innovation in advancing Team-Based Learning (TBL) through research and scholarly publications, and therefore announces the 2019 Best Paper Awards. TBLC will award two awards in the following categories:

•  Best Scholarship paper (systematic, literature or integrative review; theoretical framework; methodological; or discussion)

•  Best Research paper (primary research assessing TBL components, processes or outcomes, or establishing best practices; quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

Articles nominated for this award must have been published in a peer reviewed journal in the last two calendar years (2017 or 2018), be consistent with the entire TBL process, and align with the mission of the TBLC. At least one author must be a member of the TBLC and one author must be registered to attend the 2019 TBLC meeting to accept the award.

Nominations are to be submitted online here by July 15. If you have any questions please feel free to email Danielle Inscoe (danielle@tblcadmin.org).

TBLC – Fundamentals Certificate Information

As you may recall, the TBLC offered a Fundamentals Track Certificate at the 2018 Meeting in San Diego, California. If you attended the meeting, completed the five fundamentals workshops for the certificate, and did not receive your certificate, please let us know via email at support@tblcadmin.org so that we can re-send it to you.

If you weren’t aware of the Fundamentals Certificate, TBLC will be offering it again at the 2019 Meeting in Tampa, Florida! The Certificate includes the following workshops:

1. Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL
2. Creating an Effective TBL Module
3. Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities
4. Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom
5. Peer Feedback and Evaluation

Registration Now Open – TBLC Regional Workshop in Cleveland

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Registration is Now Open!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) is offering a unique opportunity to experience team-based learning at the 2018 regional workshop in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

This all day session will offer 2 workshops: Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL & Creating an Effective TBL Module. These workshops will be led by TBLC’s Certified Trainer-Consultants Smita Krishnamurthy and Liz Winter. You won’t want to miss these essential TBL courses that, by the end of the day, will have you ready to take team-based learning back to your classroom.

Call for TBLC 2019 Workshop Abstracts – Deadline July 15

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The Team Based Learning Collaborative extends a warm welcome to join them for their 18th annual meeting in Tampa, FL, March 14-16, 2019 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.

The TBLC Program Committee seeks abstracts for workshops that will engage and educate our attendees, typically by using TBL to deliver the workshop. Please align your submission to one of the three tracks listed below.

Workshop tracks:

  • Fundamentals Track
    Learners will acquire knowledge and skills for implementation of effective TBL.
    Target audience: educators with less than 3 years of experience using TBL or educators who want to become more effective in practicing the essentials of TBL.
  • Innovations & 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 & 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 the 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. NOTE: Only registered meeting participants will be listed within the final Conference Program.
  3. Purpose and rationale of the workshop (NOTE: If the proposal is for fundamentals track, please submit learners’ evaluations of a previous workshop you have done on this topic.).
  4. Specific learning objectives of the workshop (behavioral outcomes).
  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: The Admin Planning Team will confirm whether A-V requests can be fulfilled.
  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, 2018. Please note that there will be a separate call for poster submissions later this year.

If you have any questions or problems with your workshop submission, please send them to Danielle Inscoe at danielle@tblcadmin.org.

Thank you,
Jennifer Styron
2019 Program Committee Chair

TBL Masterclasses at 2018 Active Learning Conference

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Active Learning Conference
University of Sussex
4th & 5th June 2018

Pre-Conference Masterclasses
Monday 4th June 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to May 18!

We’re delighted to announce that we’re hosting three TBL Pre-Conference Masterclasses in the afternoon of Monday 4th June prior to the Active Learning Conference to be held at the University of Sussex in England on Tuesday 5th June. The day starts at 1pm with a lunch sponsored by Cognalearn, followed by a choice of three Masterclasses from 2pm – 5pm. 

Masterclass 1 – Introduction to Team-Based Learning

Dr Graeme Jones, Keele University; Uwe Richter, Anglia Ruskin University

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a special form of active and collaborative learning that uses a special sequence of individual work, group work and immediate feedback to create a motivational framework in which students increasingly hold each other accountable for coming to class prepared and contributing to discussion.

This workshop aims to introduce participants to TBL by experiencing it as a student would. TBL is a learner-centred ‘flipped’ learning and teaching strategy designed to engage students through a process of preparation, assessment and application of knowledge. It shifts the focus of classroom time from conveying course concepts by the instructor to the application of course concepts by student learning teams.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the essential elements that make up Team-Based Learning
  • Describe the benefits and challenges of using TBL

This workshop will be delivered using a Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.


Masterclass 2 – Team-Based Learning: Developing Effective Facilitation Skills and Best Practices for Using Peer Evaluation to Optimise Active and Collaborative Learning

Dr Geeta Hitch, University of Sussex; Dr Shihab Kogali, University of Dundee; Professor Danny Mclaughlin, Newcastle University

Weimer (2002) describes how the effectiveness of using active, collaborative and enquiry-based approaches depends on the ability of academics to be able to ‘step aside and let students take the lead.’ This change often requires a shift in our thinking as academics from delivering ‘teacher-centred content’ to facilitating ‘student centred-learning. Peer evaluation is often used in collaborative learning to incentivise team-effort and reduce the risk of inequity in the individual contributions to group work.

This workshop focuses on sharing experiences and best practices for facilitating active and collaborative learning and the effective use of peer evaluation in to incentivise student engagement.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply best practice for facilitating active and collaborative learning classes
  • Develop and implement a peer evaluation tool to incentivise student engagement

This workshop will be delivered using a Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach

Weimer, M. (2002) Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.


Masterclass 3 – Overcoming the Challenges of Active and Collaborative Learning – Advanced Practices in Using Team-Based Learning

Alison Hartley, University of Bradford; Paul McDermott, University of East Anglia

Moving to a student-centred approach using active and collaborative learning is not without its challenges.

This workshop focuses on the principles of effective task design in team-based active and collaborative learning and introduces the use of a tool for peer reviewing TBL resources

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of effective task design for use in the TBL classroom
  2. Critically review TBL resources and suggest improvements
  3. Suggest strategies for overcoming the challenges of using active and collaborative learning

This workshop will be delivered using the principles of Team-Based Learning (TBL) and it is expected that participants have some knowledge of TBL

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.


For more information on the Masterclasses on 4th and the Active Learning Conference on 5th  please visit the conference web site here.

ETBLC to Present Three Masterclass Workshops at 2018 Active Learning Conference

The 2nd Active Learning Conference and Masterclass will be held June 4-5, 2018, at the University of Sessex in Brighton, UK. Members of the ETBLC will present three sessions throughout the event on June 4.

Masterclass 1 – Introduction to Team-Based Learning
Dr Graeme Jones, Keele University; Uwe Richter, Anglia Ruskin University

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a special form of active and collaborative learning that uses a special sequence of individual work, group work and immediate feedback to create a motivational framework in which students increasingly hold each other accountable for coming to class prepared and contributing to discussion.

This workshop aims to introduce participants to TBL by experiencing it as a student would. TBL is a learner-centred ‘flipped’ learning and teaching strategy designed to engage students through a process of preparation, assessment and application of knowledge. It shifts the focus of classroom time from conveying course concepts by the instructor to the application of course concepts by student learning teams.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the essential elements that make up Team-Based Learning
  • Describe the benefits and challenges of using TBL

This workshop will be delivered using a Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach.

Masterclass 2 – Team-Based Learning: Developing Effective Facilitation Skills and Best Practices for Using Peer Evaluation to Optimise Active and Collaborative Learning
Dr Geeta Hitch, University of Sussex; Dr Shihab Kogali, University of Dundee; Professor Danny Mclaughlin, Newcastle University

Weimer (2002) describes how the effectiveness of using active, collaborative and enquiry-based approaches depends on the ability of academics to be able to ‘step aside and let students take the lead.’ This change often requires a shift in our thinking as academics from delivering ‘teacher-centred content’ to facilitating ‘student centred-learning. Peer evaluation is often used in collaborative learning to incentivise team-effort and reduce the risk of inequity in the individual contributions to group work.

This workshop focuses on sharing experiences and best practices for facilitating active and collaborative learning and the effective use of peer evaluation in to incentivise student engagement.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply best practice for facilitating active and collaborative learning classes
  • Develop and implement a peer evaluation tool to incentivise student engagement

This workshop will be delivered using a Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach.

Weimer, M. (2002) Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Masterclass 3 – Overcoming the Challenges of Active and Collaborative Learning – Advanced Practices in using Team-Based Learning
Alison Hartley, University of Bradford; Paul McDermott, University of East Anglia

Moving to a student-centred approach using active and collaborative learning is not without its challenges.

This workshop focuses on the principles of effective task design in team-based active and collaborative learning and introduces the use of a tool for peer reviewing TBL resources

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain the principles of effective task design for use in the TBL classroom
  • Critically review TBL resources and suggest improvements
  • Suggest strategies for overcoming the challenges of using active and collaborative learning

This workshop will be delivered using the principles of Team-Based Learning (TBL) and it is expected that participants have some knowledge of TBL.

For more information about the Active Learning Conference and registration for this event, please visit the event web site here.

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 support@tblcadmin.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

TBLC 2018 – Poster and Oral Presentation Abstracts Now Online

The 2018 TBLC Annual Meeting poster and oral round table abstracts are now listed online. Abstracts are listed in one of three categories – Fundamentals, Innovation, and Research and Scholarship. Please click the following links for each category of abstracts:

Abstracts – Fundamentals
Abstracts – Innovation
Abstracts – Research and Scholarship
Abstracts – Oral Round Table

Have you registered for the 2018 meeting? Registration is available online at www.tblcmeeting.org!

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

TBLC 2018 – Plenary Highlight: Larry Michaelsen

The 17th Annual TBLC Conference is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know our keynote speakers! We have two keynote speakers this year, and we hope you enjoy their presentations.

Larry Michaelsen: Reflecting on TBL with the Master

Larry K. Michaelsen (Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from The University of Michigan) David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, Professor of Management at Central Missouri State University, a Carnegie Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Scholar and, former Editor of the Journal of Management Education. He is active in faculty and staff development activities and has conducted workshops on teaching effectively with small groups in a wide variety of university and, corporate settings. Dr. Michaelsen has also received numerous college, university and national awards for his outstanding teaching and for his pioneering work in two areas. One is the development of Team-Based Learning, a comprehensive small-group based instructional process that is now being used in over 100 academic disciplines and on over 200 campuses in the US and in eight foreign countries.

Have you registered for the 2018 TBLC Meeting yet? Register online today at www.tblcmeeting.org!