Latest Updates

Reminder – TBLC 2020 Call for Research Grant Submissions – Due July 31

To help TBLC members participate in opportunities that provide educational scholarship, the TBLC will provide funding to initiate new educational research or evaluation proposals in 2020-2021. Project budgets of $2,000-$5,000 may be requested, with single institution projects to be awarded at the low end, and collaborative multi-institution projects at the high end.

Deadline for submission – July 31, 2019

Nominations are to be submitted through our online submission portal here. If you have any questions or trouble submitting, please reach out via email before July 31 to support@tblcadmin.org.

Call for Authors-Reviewers for New TBL Modules in Partnership with EHR Go

The TBLC is piloting a partnership with EHR Go™ to create TBL modules that accompany patient cases in their educational electronic health record. The TBLC is seeking people in the health sciences with expertise in the areas listed below to serve as either an author or reviewer of the modules.
Areas of Expertise:

  • Geriatric Medicine 
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist

A brief description of the patient case that was selected for this pilot is below:

Harold Jenkins (scene 2) is a 74-year-old who has recently had a total hip replacement for osteoarthritis. After a short hospital stay he was transferred for inpatient rehabilitation at Valley View Therapy Center. While at the Therapy Center, he developed signs of depression and an SSRI was started. He is now receiving outpatient rehabilitation services via home health in his assisted living apartment. Harold has early stage dementia and needs home health care with nursing, physical, and occupational therapies.
Author Responsibilities:

  • Write a TBL module to accompany the patient case that is specific to your profession.
  • Co-write a TBL module with authors from other health professions that could be used in an interprofessional education experience.
  • TBL modules will include: 
    • Recommendations for pre-class preparation materials (e.g. textbook chapter, clinical practice guideline, review article)
    • Learning objectives
    • Individual and team readiness assurance test questions and answer key
    • Team application activities 
    • TBL module facilitator guide
  • Attend an EHR Go™ training webinar (or review the recording of the webinar)
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the medical information included in the modules.
  • The first draft of the discipline-specific TBL module is due on July 29, 2019.
  • The first draft of the interprofessional TBL module is due on August 26, 2019.

Reviewer Responsibilities:

  • Critically evaluate the structure of the TBL module created to ensure that it follows the principles of TBL. (checklists of essential TBL module components will be provided)
  • Critically evaluate learning objectives and multiple choice questions (RAT, Team applications) are written to a high standard that follow best practices. (checklists of high-quality learning objectives and multiple choice questions will be provided)
  • Attend an EHR Go™ training webinar (or review the recording of the webinar)
  • Submit comments for the author within 2 weeks from the time the module was received. We anticipate sending discipline-specific modules to reviewers in early August 2019 and the interprofessional module in early September 2019.

Authors and Reviewers will receive nominal compensation for their work related to this project.
For questions regarding the role of the authors or reviewers, please contact Michelle Farland (mfarland@cop.ufl.edu).

To volunteer to serve as an author or reviewer, please send the information below to: Danielle Inscoe (danielle@tblcadmin.org)

  • Area of expertise
  • Preference to serve as an author or reviewer
  • Brief description of your experience developing TBL modules

We look forward to your submissions.

Submit Your Module to the TBLC Resource Bank!

Do you have a favorite module you use in your classes that you’d love to share with others in your field? Be sure to submit your completed module to the TBLC Resource Bank!


If you’d like to submit your module, click here to download the submission form. The submission form includes all information necessary for teaching your module as well as instructions on submitting it. Once received, your module will be peer-reviewed by members of the TBLC Editorial Board.

We would especially like to receive modules from any non-health sciences subject, but all subjects are welcome!

We look forward to receiving your module!

TBLC 2020 Call for Workshop Abstracts Submissions – Due July 15

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative extends a warm welcome to join them for their 19th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, March 14-17, 2020 at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Abstracts are currently welcomed for Workshop presentation formats.

Workshops will be accepted within one of three tracks and need not necessarily be presented in TBL format:
  • Fundamentals Track
  • Innovations & Applications track
  • Scholarship & Research Track

Fundamentals Track
Learners will acquire knowledge and skills for implementation of effective TBL. Target audience: educators with less than 3 years’ experience using TBL or educators who want to become more effective in practicing the essentials of TBL.

Innovations and 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 and 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 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. Please note that only registered participants will be listed within the final Conference Program.
  3. Purpose and rationale of the workshop (Workshops proposed for fundamentals track ONLY: Submit learners’ evaluations of a previous workshop you have done on this topic.)
  4. Specific learning objectives of the workshop (behavioral)
  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: This will be confirmed by the Admin Planning Team as to availability.
  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, 2020.

If you have any questions or problems with your workshop submission, please send them to at support@tblcadmin.org.

TBLC 2020 Call for Research Grant Submissions – Due July 31

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) wishes to support and encourage research and scholarship in Team-Based Learning (TBL), and therefore announces the 2020 research grant program.

All TBLC members of at least two years are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Preference will be given to new projects and must be relevant to the mission of TBLC. The results of funded projects must be presented at a future TBLC meeting. The initial funding award will be announced via email, and at the 2020 TBLC meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Deadline for submission – July 31, 2019

Nominations are to be submitted through our online submission portal here. If you have any questions or trouble submitting, please reach out via email before July 31 to support@tblcadmin.org.

Will you be attending any Educational Conferences? Tell us!

We’d like to get the word out about Team-Based Learning and about the Collaborative. To do this, we need your help! 

Will you be attending any Education-Based Conferences this year? If you are, please let us know! You can send this information to us via email at support@tblcadmin.org

We’d like to begin exhibiting at these meetings and your information will help us expand our list of current meetings to attend. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please just let us know at support@tblcadmin.org.

TBLC 2020 Call for Research Grant Submissions – Due July 31

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) wishes to support and encourage research and scholarship in Team-Based Learning (TBL), and therefore announces the 2020 research grant program.

All TBLC members of at least two years are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Preference will be given to new projects and must be relevant to the mission of TBLC. The results of funded projects must be presented at a future TBLC meeting. The initial funding award will be announced via email, and at the 2020 TBLC meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Deadline for submission – July 31, 2019

Nominations are to be submitted through our online submission portal here. If you have any questions or trouble submitting, please reach out via email before July 31 tosupport@tblcadmin.org.

ETBLC Events – June 2019

I write to provide details of a couple of events that are happening in June.

1. The European Team-Based Learning Community (ETBLC) is hosting a number of pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 26th June before a ‘Threshold Concepts in Action Conference’ on Thursday 27th June, both to be held at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

We’re offering the opportunity to attend two workshops on either a beginners pathway (if you’re new to TBL) or an advanced pathway (for more experienced TBL practitioners) all for a minimal cost of £50 each. Please click on the links above for further information.

If you are interested in booking onto the ‘Threshold Concepts in Action Conference’ on Thursday 27th June with Professor Ray Land as the keynote speaker then the link to book this is here.

Dr. Shihab Khogali, ETBLC Board member and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Dundee can provide further details if necessary.

Please do circulate to your networks.

2. You may also be interested in attending the following event in Nottingham, England on Friday 28th June.

Active Collaborative Learning for Student Success
28th June 2019
Nottingham Trent University

We have interesting findings to share from our project for the OFS Addressing Barriers to Student Success programme. The project was led by Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Bradford. We investigated whether the use of active, collaborative learning at large scale can address progression and attainment gaps.

The news is good. We will share our findings and reflect on lessons learnt for adoption of SCALE-UP and Team-Based Learning at scale.

I hope you can join us on the day. You can book a place at: www.ntu.ac.uk/about-us/events/events/2019/06/scaling-up-active-collaborative-learning-for-student-success. If you have questions, please contact: loyin.olotuumoren@ntu.ac.uk.

3. Please do extend this invitation to colleagues, if you think they might be interested.If you have any TBL news from Europe that you’d like to be published in the next TBLC Newsletter please send me details by 15th May. This might include any conferences where you’ve presented on TBL, any visitors who are interested in TBL that you’ve hosted or any TBL research or scholarship publications you’ve had.

4. Finally, if you are interested in joining our ETBLC Board, please do let me know. We meet virtually, approximately monthly with an annual face-to-face meeting. You can find more information about our vision here and our board members here. We are particularly interested in hearing from European TBLC members outside the UK as we are keen to expand our membership and influence further into Europe.

Dr. Simon Tweddell
Chair, European Team-based Learning Community (2017-19)
s.j.tweddell@bradford.ac.uk

*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