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New to TBL? Check Out These Resources!

If you are a new educator or new to team-based learning, the TBLC has a comprehensive list of resources available for you to begin your practice.

  • Books and Basics – Find the source material you need to get started in TBL, written by the founders and masters of the art.
  • TBL Consultants – Looking for a mentor in your region? The TBLC maintains a listing of current trainers and mentors from around the globe who are ready to help you grow in your TBL practice. 
  • Fundamentals, Practitioner and Trainer-Consultant Certifications – Looking to enhance your practice or further your study of TBL? Earning a level of certification is great way to take a deeper dive into the study and practice of team-based learning. Workshops, research and training are led by certified Trainer-Consultants who can help you upskill your teaching style in a one-on-one approach.
  • Online best practices – Is your class sticking with an online delivery method? Did you find that online delivery just works better for your students? So can TBL! In the whtie paper “Off to On” Michele Clark et al. give step-by-step instructions on how to take your modules from the classroom to the desktop. 

Looking for a deeper dive into TBL? Join the Collaborative and gain access to:

  • TBLC Modules – written and peer-reviewed by fellow TBL educators, these modules have everything you need to get a subject or topic started in your classroom.
  • TBLC Research Grants – The TBLC supports and encourages research and scholarship in TBL. To help its members participate in opportunities that provide educational scholarship, the TBLC will provide funding to initiate new educational research or evaluation proposals each year.
  • Communities of Practice – Members also have access to join any of three existing Communities of Practice: Research and Scholarship, TBL for Training and TBL Online.
  • TBLC Social Hours – Join live discussions or view recaps of burning questions from global TBL educators from around the world. Broadcast live the second Wednesday of each month, TBLC Social Hours offer a forum for members to gather and discuss best practices. 
  • Mentor Matching Program – Looking to link up one on one with another experienced TBLer to help navigate your own team-based learning journey? TBLC members can volunteer to mentor or match with a mentor to grow their skillset and support each other.

For more information on team-based learning, and to join the Collaborative, visit

Interested in Earning a TBLC Certification?

The TBLC offers a 3-tiered certification process for educators: (1) Fundamentals, (2) Practitioner, and (3) Trainer-Consultant. These are described below. Further information and costs are available at

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.

Workshops are offered in person at the annual conference and virtually by CognaLearn using InteDashbaord Software. The next series will be this June.  Click here for details!

The Practitioner Certification is designed for those who have or are in the process of developing TBL modules. With the help of an assigned mentor, candidates complete a portfolio that illustrates their achievement of 4 key competencies: Knowledge of TBL, Design & delivery of a classic TBL module; Implementation of peer evaluation, and Effective facilitation skills.

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. Candidates will be assigned a mentor and complete a portfolio that illustrates their successful delivery of TBL training workshops and effective mentoring of other educators in the application of TBL. *It’s highly recommended that you complete the Practitioner Certification prior to beginning the Trainer-Consultant Certification.

For more information on TBL Certifications and costs, please visit our website.

Join Your TBLC Colleagues for the April TBL Social Hour!

We invite you to join us on the second Wednesday of each month for the TBL Social Hour, a virtual round table discussion where you control the conversations. And the best part is these sessions are completely FREE and OPEN TO ALL! Feel free to bring a guest as well.

Join our hosts for a series of conversations focused on how to help us all have the most successful instruction of TBL, both on and off line, as possible. 

  • April 10, 2024 at 12PM EDT (9AM PDT/5PM BST)
    Presented by Elizabeth Prabhakar
    A transformative student learning experience using the virtual human patient simulator as an application exercise in Team based learning. – a pilot study

To register for the Social Hour, click here.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming call!

Join the TBLC-APC Sharing Sessionin April!

Join the TBLC-Asia Pacific Community as they discuss the “How can we help? Come and ask your questions!” session.

TBLC-APC Sharing Session
April 11, 2024 9 AM SGT/11 AM AEST/2 AM BST
April 10, 2024 9 PM EDT
How can we help? Come and ask your questions!
Presented by Sandy Cook
When it is time to start, join the meeting by clicking here.

To educators who are new to TBL or interested in learning more – The Asia Pacific Community is trying out a new initiative by having several of our monthly sessions that are open to questions that you might have. You may find you are not alone and we can all learn together.

Save the Date! TBLC 2024 Virtual Forum

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend the 2024 TBLC Virtual Forum on October 11, 2024, where we will explore the theme of Igniting and Building a Community of Practice. This online event, hosted by the TBLC, will offer attendees a chance to learn from and interact with experts and peers on how TBL can enhance and transform your teaching and learning practices. You will also enjoy a variety of engaging sessions, including a keynote presentation, interactive TBL-style workshops, and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, collaborate, and innovate with us. Save the date and stay tuned for more details!

TBLC 2024 Research Grant Recipients

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) would like to congratulate the 2024 TBLC Grant Recipients. We received many thought-provoking and interesting proposals and are happy to congratulate the following on receiving grants from TBLC this year:

  • A Qualitative Usability Testing Study of a Team-Based Learning Pain Neuroscience Education Course in Primary Care
    Jonathan Branney
    Bournemouth University
    Funds to be awarded: $4,926.16
  • Team-Based Learning in Health Professions Education: An Umbrella Review
    Maryam Alizadeh and Dean Parmalee
    Tehran University of Medical Sciences
    Funds to be awarded: $2,500.00

Those authors listed in bold are the principal investigators. If you would like to submit a proposal for a TBLC grant for 2025, keep your eyes peeled for the email later this year!

Darby wins TBLC 2024 Best Paper Award

During the recent 2024 business meeting at the annual conference, we recognized one paper that stood out among the rest. In an effort to recognize excellence and innovation in advancing Team-Based Learning through a research publication, one paper was awarded top honors:

Research Category
Dr. Stella Darby
Improved learning outcomes and teacher experience: A qualitative study of Team-Based Learning in Secondary Schools

Stella Darby, David O’Hanlon, Stephen Casterton, Naula Harding, Anne-Marie O’Brien, Gemma Quinn, Oscar Urmeneta, and Simon Tweddell. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 8;1: 100590 (2023)

The winning article was published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last two calendar years (2022 to 2024), are consistent with the entire TBL process, and align with the mission of the TBLC.

Reid Proctor and Renée Hayslett Win Best Poster Award at #TBLC24

We would like to extend our congratulations on behalf of the TBLC to this year’s poster award winners: Reid Proctor and Renée Hayslett. Their poster abstract was titled “Implementation of Moodle, an Open-Source Solution for Team-Based Learning.” As the lead presenter, TBLC is pleased to announce that Reid Proctor will receive one year of free membership for winning.

Implementation of Moodle, an Open-Source Solution for Team-Based Learning

In 2018 the Mercer University College of Pharmacy rolled out TBL as a college wide initiative. Conventional TBL uses IF-AT cards to deliver the team-quiz component of the Readiness Assurance Process (RAP). We observed the use of IF-AT cards in various settings and identified that their use could be challenging in a large classroom setting. The need for an electronic platform to reduce the logistical burdens of TBL was identified.

To reduce logistical challenges in the large classroom, which includes distributing and collecting IF-AT cards, time to grade them, and additional personnel needed to facilitate this paper-based process, we implemented an instance of Moodle as a secondary learning management system (LMS), specifically configured to support team activities. Moodle, like the IF-AT cards, supports an answer until correct function along with additional capabilities such as fill-in-the-blank and select all that apply, thus allowing greater flexibility with question types. In addition to supporting the RAP, this instance of Moodle has been used to effectively deliver a variety of application activities. Since the Fall of 2018 we have used this system to support the delivery of over 350 TBL class sessions.

Two classes of students were surveyed to capture perceptions of this novel use of the Moodle system. In addition, system usage data was also collected. Over 94% of the students surveyed, indicated that the Moodle system had worked well for each TBL session. We have delivered 353 successful TBL sessions using Moodle in this way with no technical incidents. A cost analysis of the system reflects an annual cost per student of less than $8.00.

This novel use of Moodle to support TBL has proven to be effective, reliable, and cost friendly. We will continue to develop how we use Moodle in this way.

We would like to thank all the presenters for their submissions. We had a difficult time selecting one winner from an excellent group of posters. Abstracts for the TBLC 2025 Annual Conference will be accepted this September and we encourage you all to submit!

TBLC Practitioners & Trainer-Consultants Class of 2024

We would like to extend our congratulations to 7 individuals who have completed all requirements to become either a TBLC Certified Practitioner or Trainer-Consultant over the last year. The graduates recognized at the TBLC 2024 Conference are:

  • Practitioner
    • Ghazwa Korayem, mentored by Gustavo Patino, certified on April 12, 2023
    • Angel Kaur, mentored by Caroline Wilson,certified on April 26, 2023
    • Diana Langworthy, mentored by Michelle Farland, certified on May 26, 2023
    • Li Yin Song, mentored by Neal Carter,certified on July 31, 2023
    • Aya Ida, mentored by Chris Burns,certified on October 19, 2023
  • Trainer-Consultant
    • Anne-Marie O’Brien, mentored by Annette Burgess,certified on July 27, 2023
    • Ghazwa Korayem, mentored by Will Ofstad, certified on August 2, 2023

Our new Practitioners all took the next step to consolidate their implementation of TBL and enhance their practice with the support of experts in our community. They each successfully evidenced their competency in the core knowledge and activities of an effective TBL educator through a practical process that encourages reflection and development.

The award of Trainer-Consultant is for colleagues who have developed expertise and who are now influencing and supporting the professional practice of others in TBL. It is both a demonstration of their commitment to improving teaching and learning and acknowledgment of their impact in this area.

Please join me in celebrating the achievements of those recognized in 2024!

If you would like to explore how our certifications can support your professional development and career aspirations, please get in touch by emailing or vising the TBLC Certifications page.

#TBLC24 Welcomes Plenary Speaker Dr. Matthew Fete!

The 23rd Annual TBLC Conference is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know our plenary sessions! We have two presentations this year and we hope you enjoy each. The first plenary address will be given by Dr. Matthew Fete, Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutical Studies at the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, where TBL is used extensively.

Plenary: Growing Through Team Based Learning: The Benefits Beyond Content Mastery for Learners and Facilitators
Date and Time:
 Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 5:00 PM CST
Presented by: Dr. Matthew Fete, PhD
College of Pharmacy, Chicago State University (USA)

Team-Based Learning (TBL) has been shown to be an effective pedagogy for motivating students to be prepared to engage material at an applied level; to attend classes and participate in their team’s success, and to enhance critical thinking skills.

However, the benefits beyond content delivery for TBL facilitators and content mastery for learners are substantial. Intentionality in the team formation process, student readiness assurance, team-based application of material to solve complex problems, and peer evaluation prepare everyone involved in a TBL course to grow beyond the material.

TBL prepares individuals to succeed outside of the classroom. This session will explore how individuals “Grow Through Team Based Learning” to be better prepared to solve real world problems in the communities they serve and as they grow as professionals.

We hope you enjoy what we are sure will be a very engaging plenary discussion. Register for the conference today!