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Tomorrow is the TBLC Mid-Year Virtual Forum!

Don’t miss your chance to join the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) for our Mid-Year Virtual Forum! Do you want to improve how you evaluate your students? Have you ever thought about methods outside of the traditional grading systems? Do you want to hear about the latest research and innovation in student assessment? Join us tomorrow for a one-day virtual event where you can connect with colleagues from around the world as we reflect on evaluation in Team-Based Learning. Register today!

Virtual Forum Schedule

Plenary Address: Do We Deserve a D or an F for our Grading Practices?
Presented by Jeff Cain
October 27, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET

Educators have typically used grades as a measure of learning, to provide feedback, and to motivate students to learn. This session will describe how traditional grading practices are problematic and why it is time to examine alternatives. Attendees will participate in a TBL exercise designed to stimulate thinking about grading reform.

Click Here for a Special Interview with Jeff Cain!

Workshop: Alternative Grading in the TBL Classroom
Presented by Drew Lewis
October 27, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

With the increasing popularity of alternative grading structures across disciplines, many TBL practitioners have wondered how best to implement them in their TBL classes. In this workshop, we will give a brief overview of some of the most common alternative grading structures, such as Standards-Based Grading, Specifications Grading, and Ungrading, and discuss considerations for deciding which one is most appropriate for a particular instructional context. 

Expert Panel: Effective Peer Evaluation
Moderated by TBLC President Julie Estis
October 27, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET

In this fast-paced session, you’ll hear rapid-fire talks from experienced TBL researchers and practitioners on how they approach peer evaluation and what we can learn from research on peer evaluation. They will share key takeaways and resources for further exploration.

Workshop: Four Steps Closer to Equitable Grading
Presented by Laurie Schroder
October 27, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

This presentation will introduce, in brief, current research on threats to equitable grading, which often parallel identified deficiencies in traditional grading systems. Accepting that there is resistance to change to grading processes, and that we often function within institutions that require traditional grading, we will discuss four steps that we can take to make our grading more equitable within traditional systems, even as we strive for change.

Don’t forget, we will be making a special announcement during the Virtual Forum regarding the TBLC 2023 Annual Meeting. 

We will see you tomorrow!

Laurie Schroder to Present “Four Steps Closer to Equitable Grading”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will conclude our program this year with Laurie Schroder from East Tennessee State University. 

Laurie Schroder, PT

Four Steps Closer to Equitable Grading

When: October 28, 2022 from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Session Description: This presentation will introduce, in brief, current research on threats to equitable grading, which often parallel identified deficiencies in traditional grading systems. Accepting that there is resistance to change to grading processes, and that we often function within institutions that require traditional grading, we will discuss four steps that we can take to make our grading more equitable within traditional systems, even as we strive for change.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit www.TBLCvirtualforum.org

The 2022 Mid-Year Virtual Forum is just a few weeks away! Stay tuned for a special offer we will make available to all attendees of the Virtual Forum. Keep an eye on your email for details!

Drew Lewis to Present “Alternative Grading in the TBL Classroom”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will continue our program this year with Drew Lewis from the University of South Alabama. 

Drew Lewis, PhD

When: October 28, 2022 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST
Session Description: With the increasing popularity of alternative grading structures across disciplines, many TBL practitioners have wondered how best to implement them in their TBL classes. In this workshop, we will give a brief overview of some of the most common alternative grading structures, such as Standards-Based Grading, Specifications Grading, and Ungrading, and discuss considerations for deciding which one is most appropriate for a particular instructional context. We will also spend time on specific and concrete implementation details with each of these, particularly as they relate to the structure of a TBL course.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit www.TBLCvirtualforum.org

The 2022 Mid-Year Virtual Forum is just a few weeks away! Stay tuned for a special offer we will make available to all attendees of the Virtual Forum. Keep an eye on your email for details!

Jeff Cain to Present “Do We Deserve a D or an F for our Grading Practices?”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will open our program this year with our plenary speaker, Jeff Cain from the Kentucky College of Pharmacy. 

Click the image above to watch Dr. Lauren Vicker’s recent interview with Jeff Cain. During the interview, Cain and Vicker discuss the use of social media in the classroom, the effectiveness of peer evaluation, and the effects they see that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had on the student community in their classrooms. Vicker then asks Cain what attendees can expect from his plenary address and he shares his perspective on the flaws of the traditional grading systems. “I’ve struggled with how to do grades and grading in a way that accurately measures learning, that is motivating, and is fair and equitable,” says Cain. Research is showing that there is a better way to do it – for both students and educators. This interview is a preview of what is to come in Cain’s plenary address. 

Do We Deserve a D or an F
For Our Grading Practices?

When: October 28, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:15 AM EST
Session Description: Educators have typically used grades as a measure of learning, to provide feedback, and to motivate students to learn. This session will describe how traditional grading practices are problematic for each of those and why it is time to examine alternate approaches. Attendees will participate in a team-based learning exercise designed to stimulate thinking about grading reform.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit www.TBLCvirtualforum.org

We hope to see you in October!

Call for Workshop Abstracts for the #TBLC23 Annual Meeting

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative extends a warm invitation to join them for their 22nd annual meeting, to be held from Saturday, March 11 to Tuesday, March 14, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. We are planning an exciting in-person conference filled with engaging sessions and plenty of networking opportunities. Abstracts are currently welcomed for workshop abstracts and we encourage you to submit!

Workshops
Conference participants are invited to submit abstracts for live, synchronous workshops in one of two categories: innovations/applications or scholarship/research. Although we are still in the midst of conference planning, we request that you be available between 8AM and 3PM ET during the conference to facilitate a live session. All workshops should be in the TBL format and at a minimum include team applications. An iRAT and tRAT are optional but recommended.

Proposals for workshops must be submitted by September 1, 2022.

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

Thank you,
Suzan Kamel-ElSayed
2023 Program Committee Chair

TBLC 2022 Steering Committee
Election Results

It is our pleasure to announce to you that we have two newly elected members of our Steering Committee. Thanks to all who participated in our recent election process. These new Steering Committee members will initiate their terms immediately.

Treasurer
Hugh Clements-Jewery
University of Illinois at Chicago
2022-2024

Member-at-Large: Workforce Development and Training
Andrea Bowersox
University of Pittsburgh
2022-2025

Please join us in congratulating our new Steering Committee members as they join our continuing efforts to make TBLC a leader in promoting the understanding and evolution of TBL across the educational community. We’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to Sarah Lerchenfeldt (Member-at-Large: Health Sciences), who will be leaving office for her service to TBLC.

Annette Burgess Wins TBLC 2022 Best Paper Awards

Dear Colleagues,

During the recent 2022 business meeting at the virtual annual meeting, we recognized two papers that stood out among the rest. In an effort to recognize excellence and innovation in advancing Team-Based Learning through research and scholarly publications, two papers were awarded top honors in the following categories:

Research Category
Dr. Annette Burgess
Peer review in team-based learning: influencing feedback literacy

Annette Burgess, Chris Roberts, Andrew Stuart Lane, Inam Haq, Tyler Clark, Eszter Kalman, Nicole Pappalardo & Jane Bleasel. BMC Med Educ 21426 (2021).

Scholarship Category
Dr. Annette Burgess
Use of Established Guidelines When Reporting on Interprofessional Team-Based Learning in Health Professions Student Education: A Systematic Review

Annette Burgess and Deborah McGregor. Acad Med. 1;97(1):143-151 (2022).

Winning articles were published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last two calendar years (2020 to 2022), are consistent with the entire TBL process, and align with the mission of the TBLC.

Thank you,
Richard Plunkett
TBLC Research & Scholarship Committee Chair

Register Now for the March Fundamentals Series!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), in collaboration with InteDashboard, is again offering a unique online opportunity to complete all five courses required for the Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL certification. The TBL Fundamentals Series begins Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM Eastern and continues through March 17. 

What are the workshops included in the series?

  • Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL presented Tuesday, March 8
  • Creating an Effective TBL Module presented Wednesday, March 9
  • Evaluating MCQs for RAT and Application Activities presented Thursday, March 10
  • Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom presented Tuesday, March 15
  • Peer Feedback and Evaluation presented Thursday, March 17

Want to expand your use of TBL beyond the series?
Schedule your 1:1 meeting with a
Trainer Consultant!

Registration to the March series includes an exclusive one-on-one meeting with a Trainer-Consultant who can help you take your skills to the next level. Don’t miss this opportunity! Register today!

Key Takeaways from the Fundamentals Series

  • Learn about the essentials of the TBL process
  • Learn how to convert non-TBL course material into a TBL format
  • Identify common errors and barriers during TBL module development and learn how to overcome them
  • Improve your TBL facilitation skills by adopting the key characteristics of effective facilitators
  • Develop insights into online TBL
  • How to improve student teamwork for learning effectiveness and engagement
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of global educators

Learning objectives for each of the workshops can be found at the TBL Fundamental Series site here.

The five online courses offer the same quality content as the face-to-face workshop series, with the added bonus of learning from educators from around the globe. Taught in TBL style, these courses will show attendees effective TBL delivery in the online environment while they build upon their own professional development. 

For more information, and to register, click here. Can’t make the March series? No problem! The full series will be offered again online in June 2022.

Spaces Still Remain to Exhibit with TBLC in Orlando!

March is just around the corner! Will you be joining us in Orlando, FL? I would like to extend an invitation to participate Will you be joining us at the 21st Annual TBLC Conference in Orlando, Florida? 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. To be held March 5 – 8, 2022, #TBLC22 has a wide range of sponsorship opportunities designed to showcase your company’s products and services and maximize your footprint. Feel free to take a look at our exhibitor brochure here.

I look forward to again 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 Orlando!

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

You are invited to exhibit with TBLC at the 2022 Conference in Orlando!

March is just around the corner! Will you be joining us in Orlando, FL? I would like to extend an invitation to participate in supporting the Team-based Learning Collaborative at our 2022 Meeting. Feel free to take a look at our exhibitor brochure here. The 21st Annual TBLC Conference will be March 5 – 8, 2022. 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.

I look forward to again 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 Orlando!