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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

Thank you,
Jennifer Styron
2019 Program Committee Chair

Peg Mohr to Serve as Executive Editor of Publications and Chair of the Editorial Board

Peggy Mohr
Peggy Mohr

At our recent meeting the committee voted to approve Peg Mohr’s nomination after reviewing her application materials, and I am pleased to announce that Peg will be joining the Steering Committee as our new Executive Editor of Publications and Chair of the Editorial Board. Peg, thank you for your dedication to our editorial process over the years and for your willingness to serve as Editor! We all look forward to welcoming you to the Steering Committee and to working with you.

Bonny Dickinson
Bonny Dickinson

I would like to acknowledge Bonny Dickinson for her outstanding service as Executive Editor for the 2016 – 2018 term. From my perspective, Bonny brought to her position a sense of responsibility and a desire to improve our module review and publication process. Our module review process has thrived under her leadership, and Bonny has helped lead improvements such as a formal process to review reviewers in order to acknowledge our top reviewers. I also believe Bonny deserves a prize for being one of the most regular providers of monthly reports to the Steering Committee. Bonny looks forward to some emerging career opportunities, and I appreciate the time and effort she was able to share with us on the TBLC leadership team.

Michael Nelson, PhD, RPh
Team-Based Learning Collaborative



Will Ofstad to Serve as Chair of Educational Development Committee

Will Ofstadt
Will Ofstadt

Please help me in welcoming Will Ofstad as the new chair of the Educational Development Committee. Will is the Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Dean for Education and Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at California Health Sciences University. During the Steering Committee’s recent meeting, the committee members approved my nomination of Will for the position. I contacted him about the news and he is happily working closely with David Thomas during the transition.

David Thomas

I want to acknowledge the work of David Thomas for the past few years chairing the EDC. Among other things, David has led an effort to ensure our standard TBL workshop are of uniform quality and I believe as a result our TBL 101 and Module Development workshops are an improved experience, whether at the annual meeting or regional meetings. David, thank you for all you have contributed these past years. We will miss your collegiality and thoughtful input on the Steering Committee.

With gratitude,
Michael Nelson, PhD, RPh
Team-Based Learning Collaborative



2018 Grant Recipients Announced

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) would like to congratulate the 2018 TBLC Grant Recipients. We received many high quality grants this year. Of the six submissions, we are happy to congratulate Dr. Jody Tokemoto from the University of Texas at Tyler on her grant titled, “The RAPsody of Virtual Reality Team-Based Learning” as well as Sarah Lerchenfeldt from Oakland University on her grant titled, “A Qualitative Analysis on the Effectiveness of Peer Feedback in Team-Based Learning.”

Grant submissions were open to all TBLC Members. Received grants were peer reviewed by three members of the TBLC Scholarship Committee. If you would like to submit a proposal for a TBLC grant for 2019, keep your eyes peeled for the email later this year!

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 – Call for Steering Committee Nominations: Deadline 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:

  • Treasurer (2 year term)
  • K-12 Member-At-Large (3 year term)

Committee meetings are held via conference call every month and additional business may be conducted through e-mail. Descriptions of the Steering Committee positions may be found in the Bylaws.

If this opportunity to expand your influence in Team-Based Learning while advancing the work of TBLC fits your personal career goals, then we invite you to submit your nomination for either Treasurer or K-12 Member-At-Large. Self-nominations are welcomed!

Please submit your nominations to Please include a letter or statement of interest and any accompanying documents to support your nomination.

Deadline for nomination is March 1, 2018.

TBLC – Featured Module: Compounds and Stoichiometry

This month’s featured module is “Compounds and Stoichiometry.” The module was developed by Dr. Lorrie Comeford, reviewed, and published to the Resource Portal in the Summer of 2017. The “Compounds and Stoichiometry” module was designed for a course in General Chemistry I, which is the first chemistry course taken by chemistry and biology majors.

The module focuses on 11 learning goals. The learning goals are:

  1. Identify and name ionic and molecular compounds
  2. Use the formula of a compound to calculate a molar mass
  3. Use molar mass to calculate the mass, number of moles, or number of molecules of a compound
  4. Identify reactants and products in a chemical reaction
  5. Balance a chemical equation
  6. Use a balanced chemical equation to find the relationship between the moles of reactants used and/or products produced (stoichiometry with moles)
  7. Use a balanced chemical to find the relationship between the mass of reactants used and/or products produced (stoichiometry with mass)
  8. Use a balanced chemical equation to identify the limiting reactant in terms of moles or mass
  9. Use a balanced chemical equation to find the moles of a product produced when one reactant is limiting
  10. Use a balanced chemical equation to find the mass of product produced when one reactant is limiting
  11. Solve quantitative problems using units

The “Compounds and Stoichiometry” module includes two, five question RATs and three Application Exercises.

This module and many more can be found in the TBLC Resource Portal. 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 Portal? Click here to download the Resource Portal submission form and e-mail it to

TBLC – How to Update Your Membership Profile

Did you know that you can update your contact information and add a picture to your TBLC Membership Profile? If you would like to update your information, you can do so by logging in to the TBLC Member’s Only section of the website here.

Once logged in, click “My Profile” at the top of the page. Once here, you can upload a picture to your profile by clicking on the current picture shown and also make any necessary changes to your membership profile, such as adding your address, phone number, or university.

If you don’t remember your password, you can use the “Forgot your password?” link under the login boxes. If you have any questions about uploading your picture or updating your membership profile, contact Danielle Inscoe at

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, CAE
Association Manager

Julie has been supporting TBLC for over 8 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 Collaborative.

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 Collaborative 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.

Cassie Chinn and Amoritia Strogen-Hewett

Although Cassie 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:

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

Phone: 304 208 8011
Fax: 304 523 9701

Julie Hewett:
Danielle Inscoe:
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