#TBLC23 Welcomes Plenary Speaker Dr. Holly Bender

The 22nd Annual TBLC Meeting is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know our keynote sessions! We have three presentations this year and we hope you enjoy each. The first plenary address will be given by Dr. Holly Bender, Professor and Director of the Office of Educational Research and Development (OER&D) at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine, where TBL is used extensively.

Dr. Holly Bender

Plenary: From Novice to Expert: Rethinking the Role of TBL Prework
Date and Time:
 March 12, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET
Presented by: Dr. Holly Bender, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ACVP
Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine (USA)

The notion that “it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert” is often quoted from Malcolm Gladwell’s popular 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success. Gladwell was referring to the expertise and human performance research of Florida State University professor and cognitive psychologist K. Anders Ericcson. The NY Times called Ericcson “the expert on experts.” 

What practices differentiate true experts from what Bereiter and Scardamalia call “experienced non-experts?” Ericcson et al. discovered the method used by the highest performers in fields as diverse as medicine, music, chess, sports, and more. He found that the secret to achieving peak performance and staying on the cutting edge of expertise is a four-step process called “Deliberate Practice.” It is little wonder that TBL helps students become high achievers. Well-designed TBL leverages the principles of deliberate practice. 

How might we use deliberate practice to scaffold TBL prework? This session will delve into the four steps of deliberate practice and explore how we can effectively extend its principles into TBL prework. Holly and her team’s research at multiple veterinary colleges and, more recently, student feedback at the University of Arizona’s CVM tell us we are onto something big. Holly is excited to share these findings with you.

We hope you enjoy what we are sure will be a very engaging plenary discussion. Don’t forget, the Early Bird deadline for the Annual Meeting is January 15!