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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:
When in doubt?

On Social Media:

TBLC 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline and Hotel Reminder

The 2018 TBLC Annual Conference is right around the corner! The Early Bird Deadline is January 15. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate!

The TBLC attendee room rate is $169 per night at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley. The special room rate is for the nights of February 28 – March 4, 2018 will only be available until January 27, 2018.

After January 27, 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 call the hotel’s reservation line directly at (800) 222-TREE or you may make your reservations online here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know at We’re looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Happy Holidays from the TBLC Admin Team

From everyone in the TBLC office, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

The TBLC Administrative Office will be closed on December 25-26, 2017 and on January 1, 2018 for the holidays.

We are truly grateful for the support you have provided to us at TBLC and are greatly looking forward to what 2018 has in store!

TBLC – Steering Committee Update

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) would like to offer information and updates on all of the committees that help to make TBLC what it is. This month, we’d like to present our Steering Committee and what it does for the organization.

What is the TBLC Steering Committee?
Put simply, the Steering Committee is the leadership team for the collaborative and is comprised of TBLC members who have been elected or appointed to positions of leadership and service within the collaborative. Specifically, the Steering Committee consists of the Executive Committee (President, Past President, President-Elect, and Treasurer), elected members-at-large, committee chairs, regional community chairs, the Annual Meeting Program chair and chair-elect, the expert advisor, the technology advisor, and the collaborative manager. The TBLC President serves as the chair of the Steering Committee You may access a complete list of the Steering Committee members here.

What is the role of the Steering Committee?
The Steering Committee serves as the principal governing body of the TBLC and, as such, provides leadership across all areas of the collaborative. The committee meets monthly by videoconference and annually at the Annual Meeting to discuss current issues affecting the collaborative and to make decisions regarding strategic direction, new initiatives, and utilization of TBLC resources. The various standing committees of the TBLC bring proposals to the Steering Committee for discussion and decisions when they fall outside of the scope of each committee’s autonomy. Members may learn more about the Steering Committee’s role by reading the TBLC bylaws.

What has the Steering Committee been working on recently?
One of the most exciting developments in the history of the TBLC has been our opportunity to support the international spread of TBL by assisting in the formation of regional communities of TBLC members outside of the U.S. Our first regional community to form was the European TBL Community (ETBLC). Most recently, the Asia-Pacific Coalition (APC) was founded in September 2017. For each community, the role of the Steering Committee has been to review and approve their proposal to form a TBLC regional community and to make decisions about how to best support each community through TBLC resources. For example, the TBLC recently approved a funding plan for regional communities that is based on the number of TBLC members residing in the geographic area represented by the regional community.

The Steering Committee has also been involved in work related to supporting all of our members through the provision of TBL resources and opportunities. For example, the Steering Committee is involved in work and discussions related to our certificate and training programs, our resource bank, grant program, and Annual Meeting. As our membership grows and diversifies, we are realizing that the Trainer-Consultant program may not be the best fit for members who wish to earn an official TBLC expertise designation, and we are exploring a multi-tiered approach to certificates. The recent changes with MedEd Portal have caused us to being exploring how our resource bank might be modified to best fit our members’ needs. And, as is typical for any year, during most of our monthly meeting the Steering Committee discusses the programming plans for the Annual Meeting, often with an eye on how we can improve upon the previous year’s programming.

Contacting the Steering Committee
There are several ways TBLC members may raise awareness of issues at the Steering Committee level. If an issue clearly falls in the scope of one of our standing committees, them members are encouraged to contact the committee chair for initial discussion because all committee chairs are also members of the Steering Committee. For issues that are more general or broad in scope, members are welcome to contact the TBLC President who serves as chair of the Steering Committee.

TBLC – Call for Members in the News Submissions – Deadline January 5

The next issue of the electronic membership newsletter of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) will be published in January. 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 5, 2018