TBL Resources

#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.

Featured Module – Global Health Microbiology

Global Health Microbiology

Authors: Christopher Burns, PhD and Joanna Shisler, PhD

This team-based learning (TBL) module addresses basic strategies to control or eliminate infectious disease, focusing on parasites as the main example. Students develop an understanding of parasite life-cycles in the context of solving real-world problems in global health. This includes basic knowledge about the disease, characteristics, habitat and transmission, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, prevention, life cycle and any hosts or vectors, number and location of infected population, and eradication or control strategies.

An emphasis on neglected tropical diseases provides complex problems with regional and societal facets, and economic and political challenges, in addition to basic and clinical science content. Application exercise problems address major factors in disease elimination including vaccination, physical barriers, targeting vectors, effectiveness of treatment, role of different hosts, and detection of infected individuals.

Organisms/diseases covered include Plasmodium (malaria), Dracunculus (Guinea worm), Onchocerca (river blindness), Wuchereria (lymphatic filarisis), and poliovirus (polio), and touch on measles and smallpox as examples of possible recurrence.

This module and many more can be found in the TBLC Resource Bank. 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 Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to resources@tblcadmin.org.

Call for Best Paper Award Nominations – Due 7/15

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) wishes to recognize excellence and innovation in advancing Team-Based Learning (TBL) through research and scholarly publications, and therefore announces the 2019 Best Paper Awards. TBLC will award two awards in the following categories:

•  Best Scholarship paper (systematic, literature or integrative review; theoretical framework; methodological; or discussion)

•  Best Research paper (primary research assessing TBL components, processes or outcomes, or establishing best practices; quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

Articles nominated for this award must have been published in a peer reviewed journal in the last two calendar years (2017 or 2018), be consistent with the entire TBL process, and align with the mission of the TBLC. At least one author must be a member of the TBLC and one author must be registered to attend the 2019 TBLC meeting to accept the award.

Nominations are to be submitted online here by July 15. If you have any questions please feel free to email Danielle Inscoe (danielle@tblcadmin.org).

Have You Explored the Communities of Practice?

This month’s featured resource are the Communities of Practice, specifically the Research and Scholarship community. Find out how the TBLC can help you to develop your research knowledge, profile, and outputs through collaboration! This resource is an outcome of the very successful Research Development Day at the 2018 Annual Conference in San Diego. It includes an inventory of research projects submitted by members, specific research publication proposals, information about education research conferences, and a detailed account of the outputs of the Research Development Day.

Join this community, post your comments on the blogs that have already been set up, and suggest new blogs. You can access this community of practice here.

Did you know that you can submit your own module or resource to be peer reviewed by fellow TBLC members and included in the TBLC Resource Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to resources@tblcadmin.org.

Thank you,
TBLC Admin Team

Personality in Sport & Exercise – April’s Featured TBL Module

Featured Resource

This month’s featured module is the Personality in Sport and Exercise Module. The Module was developed by Karla Kubitz, reviewed, and published to the Resource Bank in 2015. This class is part of the undergraduate curriculum for students majoring in Physical Education/ Teacher Education, Athletic Training, and/ or Sport Management. It is also an elective class for any student in any major across campus. Students are typically junior or senior standing and have completed an introductory psychology class.

The Module focuses on four learning goals. The Learning Goals are:
• The students will identify the dimensions, the levels, and the personality characteristics of the Martens model of personality.
• The students will classify statements illustrating various personality characteristics (i.e., beliefs, personality traits, and personality states) according to their levels in the Martens model of personality.
• The students will decide which of several sentences in a case study best illustrates a selected personality characteristic in the Martens model of personality.
• The students will use correlational data to decide which of several personality characteristics in the Martens model of personality would be the most problematic/ most important to change.

The Personality in Sport and Exercise Module includes 5 personality module readiness assurance questions and 3 application exercises.

Did you know that you can submit your own module to be peer reviewed by fellow TBLC members and included in the TBLC Resource Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to resources@tblcadmin.org.

TBL Masterclasses at 2018 Active Learning Conference

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Active Learning Conference
University of Sussex
4th & 5th June 2018

Pre-Conference Masterclasses
Monday 4th June 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to May 18!

We’re delighted to announce that we’re hosting three TBL Pre-Conference Masterclasses in the afternoon of Monday 4th June prior to the Active Learning Conference to be held at the University of Sussex in England on Tuesday 5th June. The day starts at 1pm with a lunch sponsored by Cognalearn, followed by a choice of three Masterclasses from 2pm – 5pm. 

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

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.

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

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.

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:

  1. Explain the principles of effective task design for use in the TBL classroom
  2. Critically review TBL resources and suggest improvements
  3. 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

Ticket Prices are £45 (plus VAT) for the Early Bird (up until 4th May) and £55 (plus VAT) after that. Book your session here. TBLC members receive a £10 discount with the code ETBLC10.

For more information on the Masterclasses on 4th and the Active Learning Conference on 5th  please visit the conference web site here.