TBL Resources

TBLC Featured Resource Elements

Title: Elements
Authors: Lorrie Comeford
Affiliations: Salem State University
Resources available with this module: Readings
Context: General Chemistry I (Undergraduate)
This module is for General Chemistry I which is the first chemistry course taken by undergraduate chemistry and biology majors. It has been used with classes ranging in size from 35 to 40. This is the second TBL module in the course, and it typically takes three 90 minute periods to complete. Topics include: the periodic table, elements, ions, isotopes, molar mass and moles. 

Required Reading

Students are given the following reading guide for a chapter in their textbook. This module was used with Chemistry: A Molecular Approach by Nivaldo Tro (Tro, Nivaldo J. Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, 3rd ed.; Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2013.), but it could be adapted for any General Chemistry text. In the text by Tro, students read sections 2.5-2.9 which is about 20 pages. All reading assignments are posted at the beginning of the semester, and students have at least two days to complete the reading.


  • Predict the reactivity and physical properties of the elements using the periodic table.
  • Determine the number of protons, neutrons and electrons for a given isotope.
  • Write the symbol for an isotope given the number of protons and neutrons.
  • Determine the number of protons and electrons for a given ion.
  • Use the periodic table to predict the charge on monatomic ions.
  • Identify the location of metals, nonmetals and metalloids.
  • Identify the location of main group elements and transition metals.
  • Name following groups: 1A, 2A, 7A, 8A.
  • Use the Avogadro constant to calculate moles or number of molecules.
  • Use the molar mass to calculate mass or number of moles.
  • Solve quantitative problems using units

For more information on this, and more, modules available in the Resource Bank, please visit the Resource Portal.

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!

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.

How to Obtain Your TBL Fundamentals Certificate After the Meeting

At the 2019 Annual Meeting in Tampa, TBLC offered the five workshops required for the Fundamentals Certificate. In order to receive the TBLC Fundamentals Certificate, you will need to have completed the 5 fundamentals workshops and filled out the application form here. You will receive your certificate when both the form and $25 payment have been received by the TBLC Administrative office.  If you weren’t aware of the Fundamentals workshops offered at the meeting or weren’t able to attend the sessions to complete your certificate, TBLC will be offering all five workshops at the 2020 Meeting in Portland, Oregon! This includes:

 • Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL
• Creating an Effective TBL Module
• Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities
• Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom
• Peer Feedback and Evaluation More information about the certificate and each of the workshops can be found on our website here.

Don’t Miss This Free Webinar! Getting Research Ideas With the Aim of Publication

There is still time to register for the first in a series of 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.

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 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.

#TBLC19 Poster Abstracts Now Online!

The 2019 TBLC Annual Meeting poster abstracts are now listed online. Abstracts are listed in one of four categories – Fundamentals, Innovation, Scholarship, and Other. Please click the following links for each category of abstracts:

Abstracts – Fundamentals
Abstracts – Innovation
Abstracts – Scholarship
Abstracts – Other

Not registered for the meeting? Registration is still available online at www.tblcmeeting.org

TBL Workshop Support Kit

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 or 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.

Update from the ETBLC – Striving to further develop the TBL framework

For those who missed this article in our most recent newsletter, we would like you to know that the European TBLC members have been expanding the TBLC community in Spain. Three different TBL Masterclasses have been presented throughout Europe. As well, a number of publications, conference presentations and awards have been disseminated highlighting the effectiveness of this teaching practice. We are very excited to report on the work of Oscar Urmeneta who is utilizing TBL as a means to shift lecturing to active learning at Fundación Educación Católica in Spain.

Striving to further develop the TBL framework: the experience at Fundación Educación Católica (FEC)
Oscar Urmeneta, MSc
Fundación Educación Católica, Spain

Fundación Educación Católica (FEC) is a multi-site school federation that brings 21 state-sponsored schools across Spain together, with 1,500 teachers in total. Its renewed Institutional Education Project is strongly committed to a paradigm shift from traditional didactic lecturing to active learning. In the face of the usual failure of Spanish public efforts of school reform to effectively transform classroom teaching practices, FEC has decided to pilot TBL as the key driver for delivering a change in pedagogic culture in Baccalaureate. This crucial decision is the result of a piece of research conducted at the University of Oxford: Driving educational change at school federation level: a case study of Team-Based Learning (see poster). However, adopting this research-based approach to organizational decisions has entailed confronting a high degree of uncertainty as the literature on TBL presents some remarkable limitations.

To read Oscar’s full piece explaining the necessary steps the  Institutional Education Project is taking to assist higher learning institutions in Spain to use TBL as a teaching strategy, click here.

Early Bird Discount Deadline is January 15, 2019!

The 2019 TBLC Annual Conference is right around the corner! 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!

The TBLC attendee room rate is $239 per night at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. The special room rate is for the nights of March 14-16, 2019. This special rate will only be available until February 11, 2016.
After February 11, 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) 468-3571 or visit the hotel’s booking website and use group code TBL.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know atsupport@tblcadmin.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Florida!

Want to improve TBL in your classroom? Get Certified!

The TBLC now 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.


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.


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


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.