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Peter Balan Receives Australian Award for Teaching Excellence for University Educators

This year, 18 Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence for University Educators were awarded with Peter Balan receiving one in the category of “Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies.” In addition, Peter was recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) “for service to tertiary education, and to the community of South Australia.” This award is part of the Australian civil honors system, and is recognition for is many years of voluntary contributions to a wide range of education and community organizations including to the Team-Based Learning Collaborative.

One of Peter Balan’s key innovations was to implement Team-Based Learning in 2010, and he was only the second person in the world to use this teaching method in entrepreneurship education. He has found that it works in increasing student engagement and building teamwork skills. This is a very cost-efficient teaching method that has been found to increase student retention. Peter has completed the two-year process to be an accredited trainer/consultant in this method and is a member of the Board of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative. He has mentored educators at the University of South Australia (UniSA) as well as at universities around the world, and has presented workshops on Team-Based Learning at several international conferences and in universities in the United States and United Kingdom.

Peter has used Team-Based Learning as a platform for a number of teaching innovations that are used by educators around the world. One innovation that has attracted attention is an orientation session to introduce students to courses that require them to learn course materials before a class (such as for Flipped Learning, or Team-Based Learning). This is a structured program of seven educational activities that build a positive, collaborative and productive learning culture that continues through the rest of the teaching period. He has presented this innovation at several national and international conferences, and more than 100 educators around the world and in different fields are using Peter’s “kit” to run this session in their own courses. This program is published in an ERA A* journal (Balan, P., Clark, M. & Restall, G. 2015, ‘Preparing students for Flipped or Team-Based Learning methods’, Education + Training, vol. 57, no. 6, pp. 639-657.).

How to Connect with the TBLC Admin Team

To better support your membership needs, it may be helpful to know the members of the TBLC Admin Team and what they do for the Collaborative.

Julie K. Hewett, CMP
Association Manager

Julie has been supporting TBLC for over 7 years in many different ways. Currently, she is responsible for Board and Committee support and conference management. Julie will continue to oversee the rest of the management team to support the overall needs of the Association.

Danielle Inscoe
Account Manager, Membership Support

Danielle’s role with TBLC will be as the first point of member contact whether by phone or email. She will be helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the Collaborative and will be available to answer questions regarding memberships and upcoming Association activities. Danielle manages the social media aspect of TBLC. She helps create posts to get the word out about what goes on within the organization. Danielle also ensures the website for TBLC is always up to date while also helping get new content posted as it becomes available.

Alex Strogen
Graphic Designer

Alex creates graphics for the association while also handling any of the marketing needs that may arise.

Brandi Hinkle and Amoritia Strogen-Hewett

Although Brandi and Amoritia are not involved with TBLC on a daily basis, they are always ready and willing to help as needed and may be seen at the annual meeting or upcoming workshops.

How to Connect with the Team:

TBLC
c/o JulNet Solutions, LLC
1404 1/2 Adams Avenue
Huntington, WV 25704

Phone: 304 208 8011
Fax: 304 523 9701

Email:
Julie Hewett: julie@tblcadmin.org
Danielle Inscoe: danielle@tblcadmin.org
Alex Strogen: alex@tblcadmin.org
When in doubt? support@tblcadmin.org

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TBLearning
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamBasedLearning

Last Chance to Register for the Regional Workshop on December 9

Time is running out if you’d like to register for the 2016 TBLC Regional Workshop in San Francisco, CA on Friday, December 9th. Parto Khansari and Leanne Coyne will be presenting.

This all day session will offer 2 workshops:

TBL 101

This is the single best introduction to TBL. It is conducted in a TBL format, participants must prepare ahead, take an IRAT, and engage actively with their assigned team members. The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module are emphasized.

Creating an Effective TBL Module

This workshop is for educators who have completed the introductory workshop on Team-Based Learning™ – TBL 101. The entire workshop is conducted in a TBL format and there is an advance assignment.

For more information and to register, please click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Dean Parmelee Awarded 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Dean Parmelee has been awarded the 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The Alpha Omega Alpha Rober J. Glaser Award provides national recognition to faculty members who have distinguished themselves in medical student education.

More information on Dr. Parmelee can be found here. For more information on the Robert J. Glaser award, click here. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Parmelee on this award as well as his promotion of TBL!

#TBLC17 – Poster and Oral Abstracts Online

The 2017 TBLC Annual Meeting poster and oral round table 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:
Have you registered for the 2017 meeting? Registration is available online

TBLC Regional Workshop San Francisco Hotel Reminder

The 2016 TBLC Regional Workshop in San Francisco, California is right around the corner! The cutoff date for hotel reservations at the Houston Airport Marriott is on Thursday, November 17th. The special room rate for TBLC attendees is $166.00.

After Thursday, November 17, the hotel cannot guarantee a room for our Regional Workshop attendees, so please be sure to book your room before the cut off!

To make your hotel reservations online, please click here.

It’s not too late to register for the Regional Workshop! Spaces are filling fast, so please be sure to register now if you’re considering coming to guarantee your space! To register today or for more information on the workshops offered, please click here.

If you have any questions, please let us know at support@tblcadmin.org

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

TBLC – Research Grant Proposals Reminder: Due 12/1

The deadline for the call for research grant proposals is drawing close! As a reminder, the deadline for submission is December 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted as a single PDF via email to support@tblcadmin.org by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Awards will be announced at the 2017 Annual TBLC Meeting in Orlando, Florida on March 4. Upon completion of the project, the Principal Investigator will be expected to present the project results at an annual TBLC meeting.

Anyone interested in the research grant may find more information including submission requirements here.

#TBLC17 – Pre-Conference Workshop Information

The 2017 Annual TBLC Meeting is taking place from March 2 through March 4, 2017. Thursday, March 2nd is a pre-conference workshop day, and we would like to highlight some of the sessions for you. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

TBL 101
Presenters: TBD

This is the single best introduction to TBL, conducted in a TBL format. Participants must prepare ahead, take an iRAT, and engage actively with their assigned team members. The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module are emphasized.

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the key components of a successful TBL module.
  2. Outline how they would construct a TBL module from a set of objectives.
  3. Describe how they might convert a course/lecture they already teach into a TBL module.
  4. Illustrate how to transform a small group into a productive learning team.

Creating an Effective TBL Module
Presenters: TBD

This workshop is for instructors who have completed the introductory workshop on Team-Based Learning, TBL 101. It is conducted in a TBL format and there is an Advance Assignment. TBL modules can sink or swim on the quality of the questions that you pose. The toughest task is to write Team Application questions that force learners to grapple with the topic’s principles, analyze data, and make a decision that is defensible.

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how to use the four S’s in the design of a Team Application exercise.
  2. Construct a Team Application question that will engage the team in a high-level thinking.
  3. Describe how to link Team Application questions to Readiness Assurance and the Advance Assignment.
  4. Choose the best question format: MCQ or Gallery Walk.

Please note that TBL 101 and Creating an Effective Module have an additional fee of $85 each.

Online TBL: Problems, Solutions, and Future Directions
Presenters: Judy Currey, Michele Clark, Naomi Twigg, Colleen Corte, Bruce Leonard

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an evidence-based effective learning strategy conducted predominantly in classroom spaces. This interactive session seeks to share, create debate about, and further develop best practices in TBL online. As education delivery transitions to being online, educators wanting to provide their students a TBL experience face many challenges. In this session, we bring together educators with experience in delivering modified versions of TBL online to discuss how the principles of TBL can be adopted to an online environment.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss importance of course design
  2. Describe implementation of core principles of TBL in online format
  3. Identify common challenges and solutions to implementing TBL online
  4. Discuss rubrics that can be used to incorporate principles of online teaching with TBL

Reviewing and Submitting TBL Modules to the TBLC Resource Bank
Presenters: Chris Burns, Bonny Dickinson, Lindsay Davidson

This workshop will provide training for TBLC members who wish to serve as reviewers for the resource bank and for members who would like training on how to successfully package and submit a TBL module to the resource bank. Attendees will receive a Certified TBLC Resource Bank Reviewer Certificate and a Certified TBLC Resource Bank Reviewer ribbon for their name tags.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide attendees with information on how to submit and package a TBL module to the TBLC resource bank
  2. To learn how to review a TBL module

For the full list of workshops and more details on the 2017 TBLC Meeting, please click here.

TBLC Regional Workshop in San Francisco Reminder – December 9

The Team Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) is offering a unique opportunity to learn about team-based learning at their regional workshop in San Francisco, California on Friday December 9, 2016.

This all day session will offer 2 workshops:

TBL 101
This is the single best introduction to TBL. It is conducted in a TBL format, participants must prepare ahead, take an IRAT, and engage actively with their assigned team members. The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module are emphasized.

At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental principles that foster active learning in small groups
  • Identify the key elements of TBL
  • Appreciate the value of “backward design”
  • Define the 4S approach to effective in-class applications
  • Identify barriers to implementation and strategize solutions

Creating an Effective TBL Module
This workshop is for educators who have completed the introductory workshop on Team-Based Learning™ – TBL 101. The entire workshop is conducted in a TBL format and there is an advance assignment.

Participants will practice and develop skills for creating effective Team-Based Learning modules by participating in the following activities:

  • a clarification of the process and importance of readiness assurance
  • a differentiation of the levels and types of application exercise questions
  • an opportunity to practice writing objectives for an application exercise writing an application exercise and comparing and contrasting the application exercises of others

These workshops will be led by Parto Khansari and Leanne Coyne. Please click here for more information and to register.

We hope to see you there!