Author Archives: Danielle Inscoe

TBLC 2018 – Reminder – Call for Poster & Oral Abstracts Due September 15!

The TBLC Call for Poster and Oral Abstracts is quickly drawing to a close! As a reminder, the deadline for submission is September 15, 2017. Accepted abstracts will be presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Team-Based Learning, which will be held March 1-3, 2018 in San Diego, California

Abstracts are being accepted in three tracks: Fundamentals, Innovations, and Research/Scholarship. Please visit to submit your abstract.

Please note that the first time you enter the site, you will be required to create a user profile.

The TBLC Scholarship Committee has put together some guidelines for writing a research abstract! Please click here to review them. The committee would also like to extend an opportunity to have your abstract reviewed and to receive feedback prior to submission. If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Danielle Inscoe via email at

If you have difficulties submitting your abstract or have additional questions, please let us know at

TBLC – New Modules in the Module Bank

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative resource bank has been updated with two new TBL teaching modules! When you log into the Member Only section of the TBLC website, click on the Resource Bank to view the TBL modules available and to access these new modules. Below is a listing of the newly added TBL teaching modules:

Title: Drug Development
Author: Jody Takemoto

Title: Social Cognitive Theories & Models of Exercise Motivation
Author: Karla Kubitz

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

If you have any difficulty accessing these resources, please contact

TBLC – Would you like to have a TBL Consultant Conduct a Workshop?

As you may know, the TBLC maintains a list of certified Trainer-Consultants on the TBLC website under the “Resources” tab. If you would like to have one of our Trainer-Consultants lead a workshop at your university and help spread TBL, let us know!

Please email us at with the following information:

  • Institution
  • Type of workshop requested
  • Approximate number of participants
  • Date you’d like the workshop to be held

Once we have this information, we will be able to help assist in finding the proper Trainer-Consultant to lead this workshop!

TBLC – Training and Certification Committee Activities Update

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) would like to offer information and updates on all the committees that help to make TBLC an effective organization. This month, we’d like to present our Training and Certification Committee’s (TCC) mission and activities.

The TCC designs and oversees the professional certification of educators who will serve as trainer-consultants for other educators. The mission of trainer-consultants is to promote the practice of excellent, high-fidelity team-based learning.

The 2017 Meeting again offered the workshop on “Becoming a Trainer-Consultant in Team-Based Learning.” This workshop is the initial orientation for those seeking certification, after which candidates progress toward achievement of six competencies under the guidance of a mentor. Evidence supporting competency is summarized in a portfolio created by the candidate in collaboration with their mentor. The TCC reviews all portfolios using 26 pre-determined criteria to determine the candidate’s readiness for certification.

The TCC has reviewed feedback from the 2017 Meeting and will be making some changes in order to improve the workshop. These changes include better communication about fees and registration for the workshop and revisions of the workshop syllabus. The peer evaluation component of the TC workshop is under review in light of other peer evaluation workshops offered in the general meeting.

Currently, only Duke-National University of Singapore and the TBLC offer pathways to become certified as a Trainer-Consultant. We’re currently investigating the possibility of developing a similar pathway to certification for educators in Europe and the United Kingdom. This will allow our European colleagues to decrease their travel and meeting costs while pursuing certification.

The TCC plans to create a “Practitioner” certification program. This would certify those who meet four of the six trainer-consultant competences (fundamental understanding of TBL theory and practice, creating a TBL module, designing and implementing peer evaluation, and delivering basic TBL workshops for educators).

For information on how to become a certified trainer-consultant, please contact the TBLC Support Team at Details about registration for the 2018 Trainer-Consultant Workshop will be available on the 2018 annual meeting website.

TBLC 2018 – Call for Poster & Oral Abstracts – Due September 15!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) is a group dedicated to supporting educators and trainers from a variety of educational & professional development settings that have implemented or wish to implement Team-Based Learning (TBL). Our recent conferences have included educators from a broad range of backgrounds, including medical education and other health-related disciplines, business and social science disciplines, graduate and undergraduate education, professional schools, and K-12 education. We have benefited from everyone’s experience and wisdom as we strive to share teaching resources, mentor one another, and promote the dissemination, evaluation, and scholarship of TBL.

We invite you to the 17th Annual Conference on Team-Based Learning, which will be held March 1-3, 2018 in San Diego, California with pre-conference workshops on March 1, 2018.

We invite you to submit abstracts for either poster or brief oral roundtable 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 roundtable 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 roundtable presentations. Applicants will be notified by November 1, 2017 whether their abstracts were accepted for presentation at the annual meeting and whether deemed appropriate for poster or brief oral roundtable presentation.

We are asking for abstracts for three different tracks:

Fundamentals track – 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”

Innovations track – 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”.

Research/Scholarship track – 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”.

Click here to view a sample Poster Abstract

Please visit 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: September 15, 2017.

Word Limit: 300

While we are open to all TBL-related submissions, we are particularly excited to increase the number of submissions focused on non-medical applications of TBL. We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope to see you in San Diego in 2018!

TBLC – How to Update Your Membership Profile

Did you know that you can update your contact information and add a picture to your TBLC Membership Profile? If you would like to update your information, you can do so by logging in to the TBLC Member’s Only section of the website here.

Once logged in, click “My Profile” at the top of the page. Once here, you can upload a picture to your profile by clicking on the current picture shown and also make any necessary changes to your membership profile, such as adding your address, phone number, or university.

If you don’t remember your password, you can use the “Forgot your password?” link under the login boxes. If you have any questions about uploading your picture or updating your membership profile, contact Danielle Inscoe at

TBLC – Steering Committee Election Results

It is our pleasure to announce to you that we have one newly elected and one re-elected members of our Steering Committee. Thanks to all who participated in our recent election process. These new Steering Committee members will initiate their terms immediately.

Michelle Farland
University of Florida

Member-at-Large Higher Education:
Peter Balan
University of South Australia

We’re also pleased to announce that the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws revisions were approved!

Please join us in congratulating our new Steering Committee members as they join our continuing efforts to make TBLC a leader in promoting the understanding and evolution of TBL across the educational community.

TBLC 2018 – Last Chance to Submit a Workshop Abstract – Deadline July 15

The deadline for the 2018 Call for Workshop Abstracts is quickly drawing close! As a reminder, proposals are to be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site found here.

The deadline for submission is July 15, 2017.

Please note that the call for poster abstracts will be sent in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or issues submitting your workshop abstract, please email Danielle Inscoe at

TBLC – Active Learning Conference at Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University, together with Nottingham Trent University and University of Bradford, is holding an Active Learning Conference on September 11-12, 2017. Pre-conference masterclasses will take place on 11 September, with the main conference on 12 September. Professor Mike Sharples, Chair in Educational Technology Learning and Teaching Innovation, Open University, will give the keynote address, followed by workshops and presentations.

Active learning focuses on students actively engaging in their learning through active problem-based learning, inverted or flipped classroom approaches, Team-Based Learning (TBL), SCALE-UP, and technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL).

Space is limited, so if you’re planning on attending the Active Learning Conference at Anglia Ruskin University, be sure to register soon! Click here for more information on the Active Learning Conference or to register today.

Featured Member: Parto Khansari

Parto Khansari
Associate Professor and Chair
California Northstate University
College of Pharmacy
Phone: (916)686-8549

Discipline: Pharmacology/Neuropharmacology

My TBL Experience: I began using TBL in 2009. I am actively involved in cultivating TBL delivery in pharmacy education, mentored over 10 faculty members to implement TBL at CNUCOP and through TBLC Consultant training, and have conducted several workshops at national and local conferences on implementing TBL.

Improvement in TBL: To enrich the review sessions and apply the principles of TBL, my colleague, Dr. Leanne Coyne, and I introduced the addition of team exam review. These team exams have a similar format to individual midterm exams, with the exception that answering the questions is a team effort. In a research study, we explored students’ perceptions of the benefits of having team exams prior to major exams. The findings of the study confirms that students believed team exams help them to identify class content that is challenging to them, recognize gaps in their knowledge, and strengthen their skills through discussion and debate with their team.

Citation: Khansari P and Coyne L. An Innovative Approach to Enhance Learning & Teaching by Incorporating Team-Exams into Team-Based-Learning. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2014; 78 (5) Article 111.

How has the TBLC assisted me?: The landscape of effective teaching is changing rapidly. The educational process is no longer a transfer of information; rather, an active engagement of students to acquire, evaluate and apply knowledge. The shift in transforming the educational process requires skill, well-thought infrastructure and support from other educators. The Team-Based Learning Collaborative is just the place where innovation is encouraged, best practice is shared and support is offered unconditionally. I joined the TBLC in 2009 and became TBL Trainer Certified in 2014 and I believe this is undoubtedly, was one of the most enriched decision I made in my career.

TBL Presentations:

  1. Khansari P, Coyne L. TBL 101 and Creating an Effective TBL Module, San Francisco, CA (2016)
  2. Khansari PS, Create effective TBL modules, CNU Elk Grove, August 31, 2016.
  3. McDowell, JA Jr., PS Khansari, G Kubat, T Ho, C Porter-Fraser, RM Alajajian, H Yang, T-J M Kreys, JK Cusick, CT Doan, A Nauli, K Hassell, S Clark, HT Tran. Plussing the Interview Day with an Authentic Team-Based Learning Experience at a College of Pharmacy. AACP Annual Meeting 23 June 2016.
  4. Khansari P, Coyne L, Frausto S, McClendon K. Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Team-Based Learning in Pharmacy Education. AACP Annual Meeting, Chicago, July 2013
  5. Vinall, R., Khansari, P., Ofstad, W., and Clark, S. Methods to foster individual engagement, intrinsic motivation, and accountability to enhance team-based learning. 2016. Annual TBLC conference. Albuquerque, NM.
  6. Khansari P, Coyne L, Ofstad W, Building an Assessment Framework for a TBL Classroom. 2015. Annual TBLC conference. Podium presentation, St. Petersburg, FL.
  7. Khansari P, Coyne L, Ofstad W, An Introduction to Teaching and Assessment in A Team-Based Setting, Sacramento State Nursing School (2014)
  8. Khansari P, Coyne L, Ofstad W, Pathways to Expand the Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning, California Northstate University (2014)