TBL Resources

Registration Now Open for #TBLC24!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our 23rd Annual Conference on Team-Based Learning scheduled for March 2-5, 2024 at Collin College in McKinney, TX, USA. “Growing Through TBL” will be the central theme for the conference.

March 2-5, 2024
McKinney, Texas, USA

Conference Highlights: Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for March 2 and March 3, 2024. These sessions will provide attendees with the Fundamentals of Team-Based Learning, including the creation of modules and effective implementation strategies.

The conference will have two plenary addresses presented by experts in the field of TBL. Our plenary speakers are Dr. Wendy Duncan from California Health Sciences University and Dr. Matthew Fete from Chicago State University.

The conference will also include hands-on workshops, oral presentations, and poster sessions. While pre-conference Fundamentals workshops will provide attendees with the basics of team-based learning, sessions on Innovation and Research & Scholarship will challenge attendees to further develop their skills or collect, analyze, and publish their work in Team-Based Learning.

For more information, visit the TBLC 2024 Annual Conference website. We look forward to seeing you in Texas next March!

Thank you,
Daniel Griffin, PhD
David Fuentes, EdD, PharmD, MSOL, SHRM-CP
Chair and Co-Chair of the 2024 Program Committee

Register Now for the January 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, January 9, 2023, at 6:00 PM Eastern and continues through Janaury 23. 

What are the workshops included in the series?

  • Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL presented Tuesday, January 9
  • Evaluating MCQs for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities presented Thursday, January 11
  • Peer Evaluation and Team Development presented Tuesday, January 16
  • Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL presented Thursday, January 18
  • Creating an Effective TBL Module presented Tuesday, January 23

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

New to TBL? Check Out These Resources!

If you are a new educator or new to team-based learning, the TBLC has a comprehensive list of resources available for you to begin your practice.

  • Books and Basics – Find the source material you need to get started in TBL, written by the founders and masters of the art.
  • TBL Consultants – Looking for a mentor in your region? The TBLC maintains a listing of current trainers and mentors from around the globe who are ready to help you grow in your TBL practice. 
  • Fundamentals, Practitioner and Trainer-Consultant Certifications – Looking to enhance your practice or further your study of TBL? Earning a level of certification is great way to take a deeper dive into the study and practice of team-based learning. Workshops, research and training are led by certified Trainer-Consultants who can help you upskill your teaching style in a one-on-one approach.
  • Online best practices – Is your class sticking with an online delivery method? Did you find that online delivery just works better for your students? So can TBL! In the whtie paper “Off to On” Michele Clark et al. give step-by-step instructions on how to take your modules from the classroom to the desktop. 

Looking for a deeper dive into TBL? Join the Collaborative and gain access to:

  • TBLC Modules – written and peer-reviewed by fellow TBL educators, these modules have everything you need to get a subject or topic started in your classroom.
  • TBLC Research Grants – The TBLC supports and encourages research and scholarship in TBL. To help its members participate in opportunities that provide educational scholarship, the TBLC will provide funding to initiate new educational research or evaluation proposals each year.
  • Communities of Practice – Members also have access to join any of three existing Communities of Practice: Research and Scholarship, TBL for Training and TBL Online.
  • TBLC Social Hours – Join live discussions or view recaps of burning questions from global TBL educators from around the world. Broadcast live the second Wednesday of each month, TBLC Social Hours offer a forum for members to gather and discuss best practices. 
  • Mentor Matching Program – Looking to link up one on one with another experienced TBLer to help navigate your own team-based learning journey? TBLC members can volunteer to mentor or match with a mentor to grow their skillset and support each other.

For more information on team-based learning, and to join the Collaborative, visit www.teambasedlearning.org.

#TBLC23 Featured Workshop: Exceptions ARE the Rule: Defining Learner Types for HyFlex Design Adaptations

With the 2023 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Exceptions ARE the Rule: Defining Learner Types for HyFlex Design Adaptations. This session will be presented by Michelle Colarelli and Reesie Roland. We hope you enjoy this session!

Exceptions ARE the Rule: Defining Learner Types for HyFlex Design Adaptations
Presented by: Michelle Colarelli – University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus
Reesie Roland – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Date & Time: Monday, March 13, 2023, 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

The pandemic has required educators to adapt their pedagogies, methodologies, and learning environments suddenly and gradually. We have learned that a ‘One Size Fits All’ approaches often yields ‘One Size Fits None’ realities. The on-going challenge is to design simultaneously for in-person, online, synchronous, and asynchronous learners to provide flexibility for all learners to participate actively.

Please note that registration will be closing on March 1. On-site registration will be available in Orlando, Florida. We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

#TBLC23 Featured Workshop: Engaging in TBL to Cultivate Inclusiveness in Academia

With the 2023 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Engaging in TBL to Cultivate Inclusiveness in Academia. This session will be presented by Stefanie Carter, Daniel Griffin, and Suzan Kamel-ElSayed. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Engaging in TBL to Cultivate Inclusiveness in Academia
Presented by: Stefanie Carter – Nova Southeastern University
Daniel Griffin – Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine
Suzan Kamel-ElSayed – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Date & Time: Monday, March 13, 2023, 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM Eastern

Click on the video above for an exclusive feature of this session!

The definition of inclusiveness widely ranges relative to the context in which it is being used. When referring to academia, it can be impactful toward initiatives including, but not limited to, restructuring of academic programs, shaping new pedagogical approaches, modifying hiring practices and revising university policies. Educators and learners carry with them their own life experiences and implicit biases that can impact their interactions, perceptions, and decision-making. Professional environments are rapidly evolving to address equitable academic practices. Inclusive and equitable practices in academia can take many forms, but there is still much to be done while striving to address the needs of learners with varying backgrounds, characteristics, abilities, and needs. Without careful consideration, initiatives can be insufficient, or worse could have unintended negative results. This workshop aims to introduce TBL that is designed to allow participants to actively engage with different exercises related to inclusiveness and to have the opportunity to learn from and share their own experiences with others.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Earn Your TBL Fundamentals Certificate at #TBLC23!

The TBLC 2023 Annual Meeting will be held in sunny Orlando, Florida from March 11-14, 2023. New for the in-person meeting is the opportunity to take all five courses required for the Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL certificate program! Beginning on Saturday morning, attendees will have the opportunity to complete the program from start to finish and leave the meeting certified in facilitating TBL! 

What are the workshops included in the series?

  • Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL
  • Evaluating MCQs for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Evaluation
  • Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom
  • Creating an Effective TBL Module

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

In-person Fundamentals is back for the first time in 4 YEARS!

Taught in TBL style, these courses will show attendees effective TBL delivery in a live environment while they build upon their own professional development. If you attend this TBLC-sponsored workshop series – your certificate will be sent to you automatically! 

Can’t attend the entire meeting but want to take the Fundamentals Series workshops and earn the certificate? No problem! Registration for the meeting is not required to attend the pre-conference Fundamentals courses. For more information, and to register, click here

#TBLC23 Featured Workshop: Strengthening the Third Leg of the Stool: Adding Metacognitive Self-Reflection to Inform Peer Feedback

With the 2023 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Strengthening the Third Leg of the Stool: Adding Metacognitive Self-Reflection to Inform Peer Feedback. This session will be presented by Cortny Williams and Laurie Schroder. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Strengthening the Third Leg of the Stool: Adding Metacognitive Self-Reflection to Inform Peer Feedback
Presented by: Cortny Williams – University of Western States
Laurie Schroder – East Tennessee State University
Date & Time: Monday, March 13, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:45 PM Eastern

Click on the video above for an exclusive feature of this session!

Developing the ability to give and receive constructive feedback is one of the objectives that we set for our students in team-based learning courses, and one of the outcomes that TBL is best at producing. Its three-pronged approach to accountability, with feedback structures for individual work, teamwork, and peer interaction, offers a multi-faceted opportunity for students to reflect on their performance. While we can provide forms, rubrics, guidance, and examples to students to encourage them to provide useful and constructive feedback, we often receive all “10s”, negatively biased criticism or gushing flattery that doesn’t provide usable feedback, or worse, outcomes that result in grade inflation or deflation. Students are hesitant to “judge” each other and resistant to, as they frequently complain, “being graded by their peers.” A thorough introduction helps with these issues, but there is another way to add validity and usefulness to peer feedback.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Interested in Earning a TBLC Certification?

The TBLC offers a 3-tiered certification process for educators: (1) Fundamentals, (2) Practitioner, and (3) Trainer-Consultant. These are described below. Further information is available at www.teambasedlearning.org and clicking on Resources.

Fundamentals
To obtain the Fundamentals Certification, educators must attend five (5) workshops that are essential to laying the foundation for applying a team-based learning strategy.

All five Fundamentals workshops will be available at the TBLC 2023 Annual Conference. Click here for details!

Practitioner
The Practitioner Certification is designed for those who are skilled in the development of TBL modules and experienced in facilitation using the TBL strategy.

Trainer-Consultant
The Trainer-Consultant Certification is designed for members of the TBLC who have achieved practitioner certification and are now actively mentoring others to develop their own TBL modules. *It’s highly recommended that you complete the Practitioner Certification prior to beginning the Trainer-Consultant Certification.

For more information on TBL Certification please visit our website.

TBLC23 Featured Workshop: Accommodation of Self-Directed Learning (SDL) using Team-Based Learning (TBL)

With the 2023 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Accommodation of Self-Directed Learning (SDL) using Team-Based Learning (TBL). This session will be presented by Suzan Kamel-ElSayed, Sarah Lerchenfeldt, and Gustavo Patino We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Accommodation of Self-Directed Learning (SDL) using Team-Based Learning (TBL)
Presented by: Suzan Kamel-ElSayed – Oakland University
Sarah Lerchenfeldt – Oaklnad University
Gustavo Patino – Oakland University
Date & Time: Monday, March 13, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:45 PM Eastern

Click on the video above for an exclusive feature of this session!

Self-Directed Learning (SDL) is a process in which learners are responsible for their learning with minimal guidance from educators. While the required components of SDL may vary based on the program, in many cases students are asked to determine the learning objectives, identify resources for learning, select and implement learning strategies and evaluate their learning outcomes. SDL is an important skill to learn as it allows students to develop lifelong learning skills necessary for their profession. For this reason, it is commonly used in health professions education, and in some cases is a curriculum requirement. In an effort to more effectively meet SDL curriculum requirements, this workshop aims to describe the process of adopting SDL using a slightly modified version of team-based learning (TBL).

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Improve Your TBL Facilitation Skills at #TBLC23

The TBLC 2023 Annual Meeting will be held in sunny Orlando, Florida from March 11-14, 2023. New for the in-person meetings is the opportunity to take all five courses required for the Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL certificate program! Beginning on Saturday morning, attendees will have the opportunity to complete the program from start to finish and leave the meeting certified in facilitating TBL! The fourth workshop in the series is Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom.

Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom
Facilitators: Neal Carter – Brigham Young University, Idaho
Gemma Quinn – University of Bradford

One of the key components for successful implementation of TBL pedagogy is to ensure students’ engagement and participation in team activities. TBL offers the tools and the infrastructure to hold students accountable in the learning and teaching process. In fact, the instructional shift from providing knowledge in traditional lectures to asking students to use critical thinking skills to locate, analyze, and/or apply knowledge, and to participate in team and class discussions, greatly relies on student engagement and commitment to learn. Therefore, effective facilitation is an integral component of successful delivery of a TBL module. Facilitation is a complex activity which 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 which instructors can adapt and use to enhance their facilitation skills.

Learning objectives for Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom include:

  • Justify the importance of learner motivation, participation and a positive learning environment
  • Compare and contrast facilitation roles and methods
  • Analyze the key characteristics of effective facilitators
  • Identify common errors and barriers to successful TBL facilitation

Meet The Facilitators

Neal Carter
Brigham Young University – Idaho
Professor of Political Science
Member of TBLC Educational Development, Marketing, and Training & Certification Committees

Gemma Quinn
University of Bradford
Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy
Member of the ETBLC Community

For the full list of workshops and more details on the 2023 TBLC Meeting, please click here. We’ll see you in Orlando!