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*Reminder* Poster & Oral Abstracts Due 10/15

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative would like to remind you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 19th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon from March 14-17th, 2020, at the Hilton Portland Downtown. 

We invite you to submit abstracts for either poster or brief oral round table presentations on any topic relevant to team-based learning. Although there will be no limit on the number of poster presentations, the number of brief oral round table presentations will be limited. The Program Committee will review all abstracts for relevance to team-based learning and will determine which are appropriate for poster and brief oral round table presentations.

We are asking for abstracts for three different tracks:

For novices to TBL to help them learn the essential skills to get a TBL program started at their own institution. An example might include an oral presentation on facilitation techniques or a poster on “How to Write Good Readiness Assurance Tests”

For those who are experienced with TBL to provide information about experiences with particular types of courses or learners or new or innovative techniques. An example might include a poster titled “A TBL Science Course for 9th Graders” or an oral presentation on “How to Start a Web-Based TBL Course”.

For those interested in presenting findings from educational research or research studies about TBL. Research submissions may be from descriptive, semi-quantitative (e.g., survey results), or quantitative (e.g., experimental) research. An example might be a poster entitled “Getting a research program started in your TBL course” or an oral presentation on “Evidence of standardized test performance gains in Pharmacy students following implementation of a TBL curriculum”.

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the following oral presentations:

Authors are invited to present their research results in an oral presentation. These oral presentations will be 20 minutes in duration, including 10 minutes for the research summary and 10 minutes for a discussion with the audience. 

Authors are invited to present innovations or applications of TBL that are not research-based. These sessions will help bring creative innovations and new topics of growing interest to the annual meeting. These sessions will be 20 minutes in duration, including 10 minutes to frame the topic of discussion and 10 minutes for a discussion with the audience. 

Submission Instructions:

1. Abstracts should be 300 words or less in length     • Research presentation template: Introduction, methods, results, conclusion
     • Focus session template: Description of the problem or issue, proposed solutions or approaches, limitations
2. References are NOT required for these submissions
3. Criteria for review will include:
     • Importance/significance of the topic
     • Generalizability/Transferability of information for use at other institutions
     • Clarity of the abstract 
 Please note that Wifi will NOT be available for focus sessions. Please be sure to plan accordingly.

This year we are encouraging poster presentations in an updated size and format. 
Presenters are being encouraged to explore an updated poster format that includes a headline with major findings, a bulleted list of important research information, and a QR code that links to more information.

Example of the updated format. More information about this style can be found in the NPR article “To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over.”

Please visit www.TBLCAbstract.org to submit an abstract. Please note that the first time you enter the site, you will be required to create a user profile.

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2019

While we are open to all TBL-related submissions, we are particularly eager to receive submissions focused on non-medical applications of TBL. We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope to see you in Portland in 2020!

2019 TBLC Best Poster Developing Flexible Problem Solving Skills in Math Courses Through Team-Based Inquiry Learning

We would like to extend our congratulations on behalf of the TBLC to this year’s poster award winners: Drew Lewis & Julie Estis. Their poster abstract was titled “Developing Flexible Problem Solving Skills in Math Courses Through Team-Based Inquiry Learning.” As the lead presenter, TBLC is pleased to announce that Drew Lewis will receive one year of free membership for winning. Please see their abstract below:

Developing Flexible Problem Solving Skills in Math Courses Through Team-Based Inquiry Learning
Drew Lewis and Julie Estis
University of South Alabama Background: While the need to increase active learning in mathematics education is well established, the question of which methods are the most effective remains unanswered. Flipped learning and Inquiry-Based Learning are arguably the two dominant pedagogies; very little work has been done on using TBL in math courses. We implemented TBL as a means of hopefully solving one particular challenge we see in math courses, namely that students become quite proficient at applying algorithms, but have difficulty thinking flexibly enough to apply their knowledge in new situations. Thus, we endeavored to study if TBL could increase students’ flexibility in problem solving skills.

Methods: We used a quasi-experimental setup, with two instructors teaching one linear algebra section via TBL and one via lecture in the same semester. The following semester, all six sections were taught using TBL. A common set of materials was used across all courses. Students were surveyed at the beginning and end of the course, and a focus group with students from a TBL section was conducted at the end of the second semester.

Results: In the quasi-experimental setup, students in TBL sections had a larger increase in flexible mathematical mindset (as measured by a short survey) over the course of the semester. Interestingly, in the second semester, this change was larger for female than male students. Moreover, in examining student work on assessments, students in the TBL sections were more likely to use a variety of strategies to solve a problem, while lecture students were more likely to blindly apply a memorized algorithm. Qualitative data from surveys and the focus group indicated that students recognized that the TBL structure allowed them to see multiple approaches to a problem.

Conclusion: TBL increases flexibility in problem-solving for linear algebra students.  Be sure to check out all of the abstracts from the annual 2019 meeting: 
Fundamentals Poster Abstracts
Innovations Poster Abstracts
Research & Scholarship Poster Abstracts
Other Poster Abstracts