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Want to improve TBL in your classroom? Get Certified!

The TBLC now 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.

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.

TBLC 2019 Meeting Registration Now Open!

TBLC 19 Registration Open

Register Here for the Early Bird Discount!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites educators to attend our 18th annual Conference on Team-Based Learning scheduled for March 14-16, 2019 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel in Tampa, Florida, USA.

When: March 14 – 16, 2019
Where: Tampa, Florida, USA

Register Here

Meeting Highlights

Pre-Conference Workshops are scheduled for March 14, 2019. Workshop choices include Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL, Creating an Effective Team-based Learning Module and a workshop focused on Furthering (Developing) Research related to TBL.

The conference itself will take place March 15-16, 2019, and will open with a plenary by Dr. Sheila Chauvin, Professor Emerita and Professor-Research (Gratis) at School of Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans. She will be presenting a session on “Leading Successful Change: An Application to Establishing TBL at your School.” Dr. Chauvin’s plenary is sure to be an exciting start to our conference!

The conference includes hands-on workshops, oral presentations, and poster sessions. Workshops are organized according to interest and experience levels, and include the Fundamentals, Innovation, and Research & Scholarship tracks. Participants are encouraged to sign up specifically for workshops in a designated track, or according to topics that interest them. While Fundamentals sessions will provide attendees with the basics of Team-Based Learning and how to do it, Innovation and Research & Scholarship sessions will challenge attendees to further develop their skills or to collect/analyze/publish their data on Team-Based Learning.

Hotel

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
4200 Jim Walter Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

Please make your hotel reservations online here or by calling the hotel’s reservation line directly at (800) 468-3571. Be sure to use group code TBL to receive the special rate!

For more information, visit the 2019 TBLC Annual Meeting Website

We look forward to seeing you in Tampa in March!

Featured Module – Global Health Microbiology

Global Health Microbiology

Authors: Christopher Burns, PhD and Joanna Shisler, PhD

This team-based learning (TBL) module addresses basic strategies to control or eliminate infectious disease, focusing on parasites as the main example. Students develop an understanding of parasite life-cycles in the context of solving real-world problems in global health. This includes basic knowledge about the disease, characteristics, habitat and transmission, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, prevention, life cycle and any hosts or vectors, number and location of infected population, and eradication or control strategies.

An emphasis on neglected tropical diseases provides complex problems with regional and societal facets, and economic and political challenges, in addition to basic and clinical science content. Application exercise problems address major factors in disease elimination including vaccination, physical barriers, targeting vectors, effectiveness of treatment, role of different hosts, and detection of infected individuals.

Organisms/diseases covered include Plasmodium (malaria), Dracunculus (Guinea worm), Onchocerca (river blindness), Wuchereria (lymphatic filarisis), and poliovirus (polio), and touch on measles and smallpox as examples of possible recurrence.


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 resources@tblcadmin.org.

Call for Research Grant Proposals – Due November 1

PURPOSE
The TBLC supports and encourages research and scholarship in TBL. To help its members participate in opportunities that provide educational scholarship, the TBLC will provide funding to initiate new educational research or evaluation proposals in 2019-2020. 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. The TBLC seeks to promote collaborative projects across institutions, and seeks to stimulate the development of a community of educational scholars. Project proposals must be consistent with published criteria for educational scholarship and provide additional opportunities for others to build upon this work.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants who are current TBLC members, or from a TBLC member institution are eligible to submit a proposal. Applicants may submit only one proposal. Applicants or supporting institutions must have been a TBLC member for at least the past 2 years prior to the time of application. Proposals with multiple investigators will be accepted; however, at least one investigator must meet the TBLC membership requirement. Previously successful applicants are not eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

TIMELINE 
Announcement of Awards: March, 2019 (at the Annual TBLC Meeting in Tampa Bay, FL)
Upon completion of the project the Principal Investigator or nominee is required to present the project results at an annual meeting of the TBLC within 2 years of successful grant announcement.

All publications, presentations and/or products resulting from this project must acknowledge the TBLC as a sponsor of the work.

BUDGET 
Allowed Expenses:

  • Administrative, technical, or statistical support to carry out project
  • Research supplies and expenses (e.g., survey instruments, duplication, mailings)
  • Communication between participants (e.g., web/phone conference)
  • Travel required to conduct the study

Not Allowed:

  • Faculty salaries and benefits
  • Travel to attend the TBLC or other meeting to present project results
  • Indirect costs (Facilities & Administration including all institutional overheads)

QUESTIONS
All inquiries and communications should be addressed to the TBLC Research and Scholarship Committee Chair at support@tblcadmin.org.

TBL Research Grants ~ Submission Instructions
Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document by 5:00 pm Eastern USA time on Thursday, November 1, 2018 to our online submission system.

Cover page must include:

  1. Name of applicant(s) and affiliated TBLC school(s)
  2. Project title
  3. Contact information for project leader (mailing address, telephone, fax, e-mail)
  4. Institutional grant/development officer to whom payment will be made (name, title, address, phone, fax and e-mail).

Proposal must be typed with 12 point font, 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins, and should not exceed 5 single spaced typed pages including all text, tables, and figures. Include the following subheadings:

  1. Statement of the Problem/Background
  2. Review of Pertinent Literature
  3. Methods (e.g. Design, Setting, Sample, Instruments, Data Analysis, Ethics, etc.)
  4. Anticipated Outcomes (e.g., educational impact, learning outcomes)
  5. Plan for Dissemination of Project Outcomes (regionally, nationally, and/or internationally). This should include a statement of your intent to present your work at the annual TBLC meeting within 2 years of the award start date.
  6. Project Timeline (not to exceed 12 months, start date due by August 1, 2019)
  7. Budget, including itemized costs
  8. Budget justification

Additional information (not included in the 5 page limit):

  1. Biographical sketches of key personnel (required, max. 2 pages each). Please include relevant education, training & experience, skills and/or list durable educational materials/publications that demonstrate knowledge/skill relevant to the proposed study; list any other education grant support.
  2. References/Literature Cited (required, max 1 page).
  3. Optional letters of support from any key participants or institutional support personnel, stating their commitment to the project.

If the proposed research will involve human subjects, a letter of approval from the host Institutional Review Board or Human Research Ethics Committee stating that the project is approved or that approval was not necessary will be required prior to funding of an approved proposal.

PROGRESS AND FINAL REPORTS 
The project should commence no later than August 1, of the year the award is made, or upon receipt of institutional ethics approval (whichever is later), and completion is expected within 12 months. The project director will be required to submit two progress reports. A written interim report will be due 6 months after the project start date, indicating progress to date, obstacles and solutions, preliminary results, etc. A final written report will be due within 60 days of project completion, including a summary of findings and dissemination activities, copies of materials developed, and final budget report. Extensions beyond the 12 month limit must be approved by the TBLC.

Submit your proposals here – Due November 1, 2018

Bylaws Voting Information Online Now

Voting begins October 17

The Steering Committee has proposed several amendments to our bylaws. The process of approving bylaw amendments is to first notify the membership of the proposed amendments, provide the membership with 30 days to consider the proposed amendments, and the distribute an electronic ballot to members following the 30-day period. To be approved, proposed amendments require an affirmative vote from 2/3 of the members in good standing who submit ballots. This message serves as notification to the membership of proposed changes to our bylaws.
You may find a side-by-side comparison of our current bylaws with the proposed bylaws here. In addition, the following is a summary of the changes proposed to the bylaws:
  • Article I (Name):  An additional sentence has been added to reflect the fact we now have regional TBLC groups.
  • Article IV, Section 4.6 (Membership Categories): An additional membership category has been added for Corporate Members (Vendors) and a statement about the ability of members to designate membership to a regional group has been added.
  • Article V (Steering Committee)
    • Section 5.1: Membership in the Steering Committee has been updated to include more than one Expert Advisor and the chairs of our regional groups.
    • Section 5.2: The Member-at-Large category has been modified from three specific Member-at-Large positions (e.g., K-12, health sciences) to three Member-at-Large positions that may vary in expertise based on the current representation needs within the TBLC and the practice of TBL.
  • Article VII (Non-Elected Steering Committee Positions
    • Section 7.4 (Program Chair-Elect): Updated to reflect our current practice of appointing a chair-elect that serves for two years, assisting the Program Chair the first year and becoming the Program Chair the second year of service.
    • Section 7.6: Added to reflect our practice of regional groups electing their own officers
  • Article VIII (Nominations and Elections): Section 8.2 (Elections) has been updated to provide a procedure in the event of uncontested ballots (i.e., only one person running for an elected position) to allow the Steering Committee the ability to formally vote on the sole candidate rather than asking the full membership to do so.
  • Article IX (Committees)
    • This article has been reordered to provide more logical flow to the bylaws.
    • The Scholarship Committee has been renamed to “Research and Scholarship Committee” to better reflect their role within the TBLC
    • A standing Marketing Committee (Section 9.14) has been added to support developing marketing needs that have arisen in part due to international growth of the TBLC
    • Section 9.15 (Regional Steering Committees) has been added to officially recognize that our regional groups will be each led by their own steering committees.

Thank you for your time spent reviewing these changes, and we look forward to receiving your vote when the ballots are distributed.

Members will receive an automated email from the election website with a personal username and log in information. These credentials are NOT the same as TBLC member-only login information. If your membership dues have not been paid as of September 1, 2018 you will not receive a ballot. If you do not receive this message by October 18, 2018 and your membership dues are current, please contact support@tblcadmin.org. The election will be open until November 17, 2018.
Special thanks to our Bylaws Revisions Task Force for their outstanding work: Julie Estis (Health Sciences Member-at-Large), Karla Kubitz (Immediate Past President), and Wayne McCormack (Past President).

TBLC – Steering Committee Election Results

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

Treasurer
Christopher Burns
Roseman University of Health Sciences
(2018-2020)

Member-at-Large K-12
Lauren Brannan
University of South Alabama
(2018-2021)

Please join us in congratulating our new Steering Committee members as they join our continuing efforts to make TBLC a leader in promoting the understanding and evolution of TBL across the educational community.

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.