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#TBLC23 Welcomes Plenary Speaker Dr. Holly Bender

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. The first plenary address will be given by Dr. Holly Bender, Professor and Director of the Office of Educational Research and Development (OER&D) at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine, where TBL is used extensively.

Dr. Holly Bender

Plenary: From Novice to Expert: Rethinking the Role of TBL Prework
Date and Time:
 March 12, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET
Presented by: Dr. Holly Bender, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ACVP
Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine (USA)

The notion that “it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert” is often quoted from Malcolm Gladwell’s popular 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success. Gladwell was referring to the expertise and human performance research of Florida State University professor and cognitive psychologist K. Anders Ericcson. The NY Times called Ericcson “the expert on experts.” 

What practices differentiate true experts from what Bereiter and Scardamalia call “experienced non-experts?” Ericcson et al. discovered the method used by the highest performers in fields as diverse as medicine, music, chess, sports, and more. He found that the secret to achieving peak performance and staying on the cutting edge of expertise is a four-step process called “Deliberate Practice.” It is little wonder that TBL helps students become high achievers. Well-designed TBL leverages the principles of deliberate practice. 

How might we use deliberate practice to scaffold TBL prework? This session will delve into the four steps of deliberate practice and explore how we can effectively extend its principles into TBL prework. Holly and her team’s research at multiple veterinary colleges and, more recently, student feedback at the University of Arizona’s CVM tell us we are onto something big. Holly is excited to share these findings with you.

We hope you enjoy what we are sure will be a very engaging plenary discussion. Don’t forget, the Early Bird deadline for the Annual Meeting is January 15!

#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.

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.

Last Call to Join the October TBL Fundamentals Series!

Don’t miss your opportunity to complete all five courses required for the Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL certification! The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), in collaboration with InteDashboard, is again offering a unique online opportunity beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 7:00 PM Eastern and continues through October 18. 

What are the workshops included in the series?

  • Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL presented Tuesday, October 4
  • Creating an Effective TBL Module presented Thursday, October 6
  • Evaluating MCQs for RAT and Application Activities presented Tuesday, October 11
  • Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom presented Thursday, October 13
  • Peer Feedback and Team Development presented Tuesday, October 18

Join the Expert TBL Community
After Learning the Fundamentals! 

Complete the October Fundamentals Series and gain access to a special TBLC membership discount. Members of the Collaborative have access to our resource bank, collaboration with our location-based Trainer-Consultants, can sign up for our certification programs, receive discounted rates for the Annual Conference, and more!

Key Takeaways from the Fundamentals Series

  • Learn about the essentials of the TBL process
  • Learn how to convert non-TBL course material into a TBL format
  • Identify common errors and barriers during TBL module development and learn how to overcome them
  • Improve your TBL facilitation skills by adopting the key characteristics of effective facilitators
  • Develop insights into online TBL
  • How to improve student teamwork for learning effectiveness and engagement
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of global educators

Learning objectives for each of the workshops can be found at the TBL Fundamental Series site here.

The five online courses offer the same quality content as the face-to-face workshop series, with the added bonus of learning from educators from around the globe. Taught in TBL style, these courses will show attendees effective TBL delivery in the online environment while they build upon their own professional development. 

For more information, and to register, click here

Reminder* #TBLC23 Poster & Oral Abstracts Due October 15

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative 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. As a reminder, abstracts are now welcomed for oral and poster presentations.

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.

Join TBLC for the Mid-Year Virtual Forum! Registration is open NOW!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. Have you ever questioned the effectiveness of your assessment and grading systems? Do grades really tell you very much? Do they matter? Are you interested in rethinking how you evaluate learners in your team-based learning courses?

Join us for a one-day virtual event where you can connect with colleagues from around the world as we:

  • Re-examine our thoughts on assessment and evaluation
  • Learn less conventional approaches to assessment
  • Explore methods of effective peer evaluation
  • Facilitate student growth through self-reflection

When: Friday, October 28, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET

From an expert plenary session to interactive TBL-style workshops to a fast-paced session highlighting a variety of effective approaches to peer evaluation, this will be an engaging opportunity for growth and relationship building.

We hope to see you in October!