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*Free TBLC Webinar* Getting Research Ideas With the Aim of Publication

Please join us in the first of a series in free webinars sponsored by the Team-Based Learning Collaborative, focusing on generating research ideas with an aim at getting that scholarly work published. Many who are teaching-focused would like to (or need to) publish papers, but may not have access to research data in a particular discipline. This TBLC Research and Scholarship webinar is the first in a series that features a wide range of research that members have published.

This inaugural webinar deals with what is possibly the hardest step in the research process, which is to find a workable research idea that draws on our classroom activities. This poses a challenge, because for most of us teaching/education is an unfamiliar discipline, and it may be hard to see how we can draw on our own “technical” discipline research experience for guidance.

Title: Getting Research Ideas With the Aim of Publication
Presenter: Dr. Peter Balan, OAM
Time: Tuesday, April 23 at 12 PM ESTRegistration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8190296598264358668

Dr. Balan’s field of expertise is entrepreneurship and innovation, but he has built a research stream in education/pedagogy and has set up collaborative research projects with TBLC members in different countries. His view is that every time we walk into a classroom we should see the students in front of us as a potential dataset and that there are many possible research ideas that emerge out of our teaching, and out of reflecting on student attitudes and perceptions in general. 
Dr. Balan will talk through a practical approach for generating research ideas, and will use some of his current projects to bring to life the first steps in the research process, which is to identify a research idea and then to turn this into a research question that can be explored using data provided by your students.

Interested in viewing this free webinar? Register using this link. You will then be sent a URL that will connect you with the webinar. We hope you enjoy the first of what will surely be a successful series of webinars all focused on helping you do your best research and scholarship.
 Thank you,Richard Plunkett, PhD
Chair, TBLC Research and Scholarship Committee

Thank you for Making the 2019 TBLC Annual Meeting a Success!

The 2019 TBLC Meeting was a huge success thanks to your participation. Your attendance helps TBLC achieve its goals while allowing our members to receive valuable networking and resources. We would like to give a special thank you to Jennifer Styron and the 2018-19 Program Committee for planning this successful meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Additionally, we would like to thank our exhibitors – CognaLearn, The American College of Education, Feel Good Inc., and IAMSE.

For updates on next year’s meeting, be sure to follow the TBLC Facebook and Twitter pages

Steering Committee Nominations Due March 1

It’s time once again to begin thinking about selection of those to serve on the Steering Committee of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC). This is the governing body that determines the direction of TBLC and all our various programs and activities.

This message is a call to our membership for those who wish to be considered by the Nominating Committee as potential candidates.

The following positions are up for election this year:
President-Elect (2 year term)
Member-At-Large: Health Sciences (3 year term)


Steering Committee meetings are held via conference call every month and additional business may be conducted through e-mail.

If this opportunity to expand your influence in Team-Based Learning while advancing the work of TBLC fits your personal career goals, then I invite you to submit your nomination for either President-Elect or Health Sciences Member-At-Large. Self-nominations are welcomed!

Please submit your nominations on the online form here: https://teambasedlearning.site-ym.com/page/2019nominations

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.