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TBLC is a Collaborative of Volunteers Like You!

Build your network, your expertise, and your profile by becoming an active member of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative! The TBLC can give you access to a world-wide network of active and like-minded people, and a really good way to do this is to become an active member of one of the committees helping to build TBL internationally.
The TBLC Steering Committee would like to invite you to become more involved with the Collaborative. There are several areas in which volunteer help is always welcomed and appreciated.

Membership Committee - The Membership Committee develops methods and programs for active membership recruitment and retention. Two recent responsibilities include the three to four yearly newsletters and the development and monitoring of the new website.

Editorial Board – The Editorial Board reviews all resources, modules and other publications that are submitted to the TBLC for endorsement by the organization. The Editorial Board consists of a Chair and committee responsible for determining the process of review of these publications. Additional volunteers assist with peer review.

Research and Scholarship Committee – The Scholarship Committee is responsible for fostering, enhancing and encouraging the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning within the Collaborative. This committee aids members in developing individual and collaborative research endeavors to measure outcomes associated with TBL, and promotes the publishing of scholarly materials. Annual responsibilities include peer reviewing grants when offered by TBLC.

Educational Development Committee – The Educational Development Committee is responsible for obtaining, evaluating, developing, and disseminating TBL best practices and materials about TBL to be used by the membership and for recruitment.

Annual Program Committee – The Annual Program Committee organizes annual TBLC meetings, such as identifying the meeting theme; selecting keynote and closing session speakers; reviewing and selecting proposals for workshops, oral sessions, and posters; implementing changes suggested by TBLC members; and performing other functions as needed to ensure the success of annual meetings. This committee consists of the Chair, Past-Chair, Future Chair (position available), Treasurer, and representatives from the Faculty Development Committee and Scholarship Committee. Additional members of the Committee may be appointed by the Committee Chair.

Marketing Committee – The Marketing Committee reviews and advises on the marketing activities of the collaborative. It develops and submits an annual marketing plan to the Steering Committee that will identify and coordinate activities of the TBLC committees with the purpose of marketing the collaborative.
Membership at a committee level fosters international collaborative relationships with like-minded colleagues, and may well enhance your professional standing and opportunities. Note that if you are already a committee member you will still need to reach out and volunteer for the upcoming year.

Please contact support@tblcadmin.org if you would like to volunteer for a TBLC committee position. 

TBLC 2020 Annual Meeting Canceled

With the recent declaration of a state of emergency in the state of Oregon, we believe it to be in the best interest of our attendees, colleagues, students and members to cancel our 2020 Annual Meeting in Portland. The decision to cancel our much-anticipated meeting was not an easy one to make, but our first priority lies with the health and safety of our colleagues around the globe.

As we already had a positive relationship with the Hilton Portland Downtown Hotel, they have invited us to be their guest with our 2021 annual meeting. Therefore, we hope that you will plan to attend on March 13-16, 2021 as we come together to expand our knowledge and training in team-based learning through interactive workshops, oral research presentations and poster sessions.

Due to the cancellation fees imposed upon the TBLC by the hotel ($112,000) and the lack of communicable disease coverage in standard professional event insurance, the Executive Committee had a very difficult decision to make regarding both the registration fees and the financial viability of our organization.

Pre-conference Workshop Registrations
We will fully refund all pre-conference registration fees. For many of our pre-conference workshop registrants, this was one of the first times you would be formally learning about TBL. In alignment with our organizational mission, our goal is to be able to offer the core workshops for the fundamentals certificate in an online venue over the next year.

Annual Conference Registrations
Through multiple discussions among the Executive Committee, our association manager, and our accountant, we identified that our organization would not be able to continue if we refunded annual conference registration fees. In place of registration refunds, we hope you accept our offer to provide each annual conference registrant with a 5-year TBLC membership. While we recognize this is not a replacement for the registration fee, we hope you understand the difficult decision that needed to be made to be able to sustain the organization.

Please remember to contact the hotel to cancel your reservation.

Our bylaws require that we conduct an annual business meeting for the general membership, which typically occurs during the annual conference. In order to be compliant with our bylaws, we will organize an online business meeting for all members to participate in. In addition to our normal business matters, we will also discuss the items that led the Executive committee to cancel the conference and the financial implications related to the conference cancellation. We will send additional information regarding this event soon.

We appreciate your understanding and would like to thank all who have been engaged with us throughout the life of the organization. We are grateful that TBLC leadership have been good stewards of our finances over the years so that we are able to absorb this setback and remain a viable organization serving our membership going forward. This was a very difficult situation and we feel we have reached the best possible decision to ensure the health of our members and the stability of the organization. If you have any questions please email support@tblcadmin.org.

Sincerely,

TBLC Executive Committee
Michelle Farland, President
Julie Estis, President-Elect
Michael Nelson, Past President
Chris Burns, Treasurer
Sarah Lerchenfeldt, 2020 Program Chair

Presenting a TBL Workshop Soon? Let Us Help!

Are you going to be presenting a TBL workshop soon? Let us know!

If you’ll be leading a TBL workshop and you’d like some TBLC materials, please just let us know at support@tblcadmin.org. Please be sure to include:

• Where the workshop will be held
• How many attendees you expect
• When the workshop will be held
• Your shipping address
We’d be happy to provide you with some A-E cards, TBLC brochures, and TBLC meeting/regional workshop flyers!

Once the workshop is over, we ask that you forward us this sign in sheet that includes attendee’s names, institutions, and email addresses so that we may follow up with them.

Good things happening with you? Let us know!

The next issue of the electronic membership newsletter of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) will be published in February. The purpose of this newsletter is to connect the TBLC membership with information, opportunities, resources, and each other.

We are very pleased to dedicate one section of this newsletter to recognize the professional accomplishments of our members but we need your help! Have you received awards or promotions, landed a great new job, or published an article or research in the last year? We would like to know about it and celebrate your accomplishments in our newsletter!

Please submit your news online here for inclusion in the next edition. Sorry, we can only include professional accomplishments in the newsletter, but welcome you to share your personal news on the TBLC Facebook page!

Deadline: January 20, 2020

#TBLC20 Early Bird Registration Deadline is January 15!

The 2020 TBLC Annual Conference is right around the corner and the Early Bird Deadline is January 15. Currently, registration is $395/$495 for member/non-member. After the Early Bird Deadline, rates will increase to $475/$575 for member/non-member registration. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate!

Register here!

The TBLC attendee room rate is $189 per night at the Hilton Portland Downtown. The special room rate is for the nights of March 13-17, 2020. This special rate will only be available until February 20, 2020.

After February 20, the hotel cannot guarantee a room for TBLC attendees, so be sure to book your hotel before the cut off!

To make your reservations, please visit the hotel’s booking website here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know at support@tblcadmin.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Portland!

Spaces Still Remain to Exhibit with TBLC in Portland, OR!

March is just around the corner! I would like to again extend an invitation to participate in supporting the Team-based Learning Collaborative at our 2020 Meeting. I have included a copy of our exhibitor brochure for your review, including the new exhibiting levels available for 2020! Download Here

The 19th Annual TBLC Conference will be March 14-17, 2020.

The TBLC is a group of educators dedicated to supporting faculty that have implemented or wish to implement, Team-Based Learning(TM). Our past conferences have been attended by educators from many different disciplines and K-12 education, and from many different institutions around the world.

Register Today!

I look forward to working with you to make this educational event successful for all involved.

For additional comments or questions, please contact us at support@tblcadmin.org. Looking forward to seeing you in Portland!

Sincerely,
Julie K. Hewett, CMP, CAE
TBLC Association Manager

#TBLC20 Pre-Conference Workshops on Sunday, March 15

The 2020 Annual TBLC Meeting is taking place from March 14 through March 17, 2020. New this year is two days of pre-conference workshops to allow for all five of the Fundamental Certificate courses! These earlier days, Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, will give attendees the opportunity to take all required courses for their introductory TBL certification, or choose from several other course offerings. Find out more about the Fundamentals Certificate, as well as the other TBL-Certifications, on our website. We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Workshops being offered on Sunday, March 15 include:

Research Development Day
In this course, attendees will learn from several experienced and high-level TBL researchers, as well as from structured and practical exercises with potential collaborators. These will help attendees in the development of a particular research idea, and/or to team up with others to identify a new business idea and plan a research project. 

You may wish to order a boxed lunch for this full-day program.

Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom*
Presenter: Liz Winter – University of Pittsburgh

Effective facilitation is an integral component of the successful delivery of a TBL module. Facilitation is a complex activity that requires the instructor to implement strategies that engage the audience and promote intrinsic motivation to participate. The purpose of this workshop is to share a diverse range of facilitation strategies that instructors can adapt and use to enhance their facilitation skills.

Problem-Solving Barriers to TBL Delivery: Diving into the Gray Literature
Presenter: Will Ofstad – California Health Sciences University

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to engage in self-directed problem solving for improved TBL delivery:

  • Identify: define common barriers, articulate assumptions, and delineate knowledge gaps.
  • Structure: classify barriers by context and instructional phase; break down and prioritize sub-problems.
  • Solutions:  research prior knowledge; generate, reuse, and/or integrate possible solutions and limitations; assess against a quality learning environment criteria.
  • Improve:  validate implantation; solicit peer review and reflect; generalize to other problems; reproduce and disseminate if novel.

Digging Deeper into Different Types of Mentoring Relationships, How to Make them Work for YOU
Presenter: Jody Takemoto – California Health Sciences University
Christopher Burns – California Health Sciences University

In our everyday lives, we play various mentoring types of roles in our student’s and colleagues’ lives. Having these types of effective relationships is important for both professional and personal growth. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants the opportunity to differentiate the role of mentees, mentors, coaches, sponsors, and connectors and deploy acquired tools to make these relationships effective for them.

Peer Evaluation and Team Development*
Presenter: Michelle Farland – University of Florida
Sarah Lerchenfeldt – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

The objectives of this workshop include:

  • Review the key components of a PF system in TBL.
  • Present best practices for PF implementation for various educational settings.
  • Promote participants to design a PF system that fits the needs and characteristics of their own institutions.
  • Promote the development of partnerships among TBLC members for future collaboration on PF research.

*These workshops are on the Fundamentals Certification track.

For the full list of workshops and more details on the 2020 TBLC Meeting, please click here.

#TBLC20 Pre-Conference Workshops on Sunday, March 15

The 2020 Annual TBLC Meeting is taking place from March 14 through March 17, 2020. New this year is two days of pre-conference workshops to allow for all five of the Fundamental Certificate courses! These earlier days, Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, will give attendees the opportunity to take all required courses for their introductory TBL certification, or choose from several other course offerings. Find out more about the Fundamentals Certificate, as well as the other TBL-Certifications, on our website. We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Workshops being offered on Sunday, March 15 include:

Research Development Day
In this course, attendees will learn from several experienced and high-level TBL researchers, as well as from structured and practical exercises with potential collaborators. These will help attendees in the development of a particular research idea, and/or to team up with others to identify a new business idea and plan a research project. 

You may wish to order a boxed lunch for this full-day program.

Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom*
Presenter: Liz Winter – University of Pittsburgh

Effective facilitation is an integral component of the successful delivery of a TBL module. Facilitation is a complex activity that requires the instructor to implement strategies that engage the audience and promote intrinsic motivation to participate. The purpose of this workshop is to share a diverse range of facilitation strategies that instructors can adapt and use to enhance their facilitation skills.

Problem-Solving Barriers to TBL Delivery: Diving into the Gray Literature
Presenter: Will Ofstad – California Health Sciences University

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to engage in self-directed problem solving for improved TBL delivery:

  • Identify: define common barriers, articulate assumptions, and delineate knowledge gaps.
  • Structure: classify barriers by context and instructional phase; break down and prioritize sub-problems.
  • Solutions:  research prior knowledge; generate, reuse, and/or integrate possible solutions and limitations; assess against a quality learning environment criteria.
  • Improve:  validate implantation; solicit peer review and reflect; generalize to other problems; reproduce and disseminate if novel.

Digging Deeper into Different Types of Mentoring Relationships, How to Make them Work for YOU
Presenter: Jody Takemoto – California Health Sciences University
Christopher Burns – California Health Sciences University

In our everyday lives, we play various mentoring types of roles in our student’s and colleagues’ lives. Having these types of effective relationships is important for both professional and personal growth. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants the opportunity to differentiate the role of mentees, mentors, coaches, sponsors, and connectors and deploy acquired tools to make these relationships effective for them.

Peer Evaluation and Team Development*
Presenter: Michelle Farland – University of Florida
Sarah Lerchenfeldt – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

The objectives of this workshop include:

  • Review the key components of a PF system in TBL.
  • Present best practices for PF implementation for various educational settings.
  • Promote participants to design a PF system that fits the needs and characteristics of their own institutions.
  • Promote the development of partnerships among TBLC members for future collaboration on PF research.

*These workshops are on the Fundamentals Certification track.

For the full list of workshops and more details on the 2020 TBLC Meeting, please click here.

#TBLC20 Plenary Speaker Highlight on Dr. Elizabeth Hillman

The 19th Annual TBLC Conference is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know our keynote sessions! We have two presentations this year and we hope you enjoy each. The first will be given by Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, President of Mills College in Oakland, California.

Plenary: Transforming Teaching and Learning at Mills College
Inclusive excellence, community engagement, and integrated academic and student-life experiences are essential to Mills’ commitment to accelerating their students’ opportunities and building a sustainable economic model for a small college in Oakland, a thriving and complex urban landscape.

Dr. Elizabeth L. Hillman is the 14th President of Mills College. She brings to Mills extensive experience in higher education administration and instruction and a distinguished background working on key gender and women’s issues. Hillman’s expertise in sexual violence and gender issues in military organizations and culture has brought her national and international recognition. She has been an expert witness testifying before Congress on numerous occasions. She is a sought-after educator and speaker on the topics of sexual assault and harassment, and women’s leadership and rights. In 2013–2014, she served on the Response Systems to the Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), and also chaired the RSP’s Comparative Systems Subcommittee.

We hope you enjoy what we are sure will be a very engaging plenary discussion.

Thank you,
Sarah Lerchenfeldt & Robin Risling-de Jong
2020 Program Chair & Co-Chair