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Featured Member – Marty Eng

Marty EngMarty is an Associate Professor at Cedarville University in Ohio, where his field of instruction is Pharmacy with a focus on Neurology and Psychiatry. He has been involved with TBL since 2010 where he has used it in large classroom settings (150 students). He completed the TBLC consultant Certification program in 2012 and is on the TBLC training and Certification Committee. Marty has mentored health professional faculty in the Midwest; these mentoring experiences helps fuel his enthusiasm for TBL.

Marty has extended the use of technology in his pre-learning assignments. Besides the required readings, he makes use of podcasts, interactive web books and recorded lectures. He feels this strengthens the pre-class learning structure to allow much of the foundational learning to occur outside the classroom prior to the RATS.

For a list of past Featured Members, click here.

#TBLC17 – Download the Meeting App!

We’re excited to announce we have a mobile guide for you to use for the 2017 TBLC Meeting! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more.

Get our guide here:

Android and iOS users:

  1. Tap the “Download” button to download the free Guidebook app
  2. Open Guidebook and you can find our “16th Annual TBLC Meeting” guide

There’s still time left to register for the 2017 TBLC Meeting! Please click here for more information and to register today.

How to Connect with the TBLC Admin Team

To better support your membership needs, it may be helpful to know the members of the TBLC Admin Team and what they do for the Collaborative.

Julie K. Hewett, CMP
Association Manager

Julie has been supporting TBLC for over 7 years in many different ways. Currently, she is responsible for Board and Committee support and conference management. Julie will continue to oversee the rest of the management team to support the overall needs of the Association.

Danielle Inscoe
Account Manager, Membership Support

Danielle’s role with TBLC will be as the first point of member contact whether by phone or email. She will be helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the Collaborative and will be available to answer questions regarding memberships and upcoming Association activities. Danielle manages the social media aspect of TBLC. She helps create posts to get the word out about what goes on within the organization. Danielle also ensures the website for TBLC is always up to date while also helping get new content posted as it becomes available.

Alex Strogen
Graphic Designer

Alex creates graphics for the association while also handling any of the marketing needs that may arise.

Brandi Hinkle and Amoritia Strogen-Hewett

Although Brandi and Amoritia are not involved with TBLC on a daily basis, they are always ready and willing to help as needed and may be seen at the annual meeting or upcoming workshops.

How to Connect with the Team:

c/o JulNet Solutions, LLC
1404 1/2 Adams Avenue
Huntington, WV 25704

Phone: 304 208 8011
Fax: 304 523 9701

Julie Hewett:
Danielle Inscoe:
Alex Strogen:
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December Featured Resource Highlight

This month’s featured module is the Units and Measurement module. The Module was developed by Dr. Lorrie Comeford, reviewed, and published to the Resource Bank in the Fall of 2015. Units and Measurement module was designed for “General Chemistry I” as an undergraduate basic science course.

The Module focuses on nine learning goals. The Learning Goals are:

  1. Identify units for mass, volume, time, and temperature
  2. Make unit conversion with common SI prefixes (milli, centi, kilo) without a table of conversion factors
  3. Convert between Celsius and Kelvin temperature using an equation
  4. Use a table of conversion factors to make unit conversions
  5. Use unit cancellation to show the process calculations involving units
  6. Identify the number of significant figures in a measurement
  7. Round to a given number of significant figures
  8. Report the result of a calculation with appropriate number of significant figures
  9. Solve quantitative problems using units

The Units and Measurement module includes a 5 question RAT and 3 Application Exercises.

This module and many more can be found in the TBLC Resource Bank. Click here to log in to the Member’s Site.

Featured Member – Lorrie Comeford

Lorrie ComefordLorrie has been using TBL in her first semester General Chemistry course at Salem State University (Salem, Massachusetts) since 2010. During 2015-16, she facilitated a year-long faculty learning community for colleagues from a variety of disciplines who were implementing TBL for the first time. In this environment, faculty worked on TBL basics, developed modules, and tried the modules in their classes. They celebrated each other’s successes and supported each other when things didn’t go as planned. Lorrie has also conducted two TBL workshops at Salem State.

For a list of past Featured Members, click here.

Last Chance to Register for the Regional Workshop on December 9

Time is running out if you’d like to register for the 2016 TBLC Regional Workshop in San Francisco, CA on Friday, December 9th. Parto Khansari and Leanne Coyne will be presenting.

This all day session will offer 2 workshops:

TBL 101

This is the single best introduction to TBL. It is conducted in a TBL format, participants must prepare ahead, take an IRAT, and engage actively with their assigned team members. The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module are emphasized.

Creating an Effective TBL Module

This workshop is for educators who have completed the introductory workshop on Team-Based Learning™ – TBL 101. The entire workshop is conducted in a TBL format and there is an advance assignment.

For more information and to register, please click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

November Featured Members

Michelle Z. Farland – University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Michelle teaches clinical pharmacy practice at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (UFCOP) in Gainesville, Florida. After being introduced to team-based learning during her 2nd year in post-graduate residency training while at Virginia Commonwealth University, she created a TBL course in chronic disease management for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Knoxville Campus (her first academic position), and then expanded the use of TBL to other courses in the curriculum (taught across all campuses synchronously using videoconferencing technology). At UFCOP, Michelle has been tasked with faculty development in TBL, as a decision has been made to increase the use of active learning methods in the curriculum. Michelle has mentored post-graduate pharmacy residents and other faculty in TBL and has conducted TBL workshops within and outside the institutions she has worked for. She especially enjoys working with faculty to develop creative approaches to team applications.


Sandy Cook – Duke-NUS Medical School

sandy-cookIn June 2006, Sandy joined the Duke – NUS Medical School in Singapore, as Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Curriculum Development as well as head of the Medical Education, Research, and Evaluation Department. It was decided that TBL would be the primary mode of instruction for the new medical school’s basic science year. After TBL was implemented at the medical school, Sandy and her colleagues began receiving requests from others in the region to help them develop TBL. Over 600 people have participated in the introductory TBL workshops that Sandy and colleagues developed. In 2012 she began working with the Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM.EI), a joint venture with Duke-NUS and SingHealth – Partners in Medicine as Chief of Pedagogy. To expand and deepen knowledge of TBL, Sandy and colleagues established a three series fellowship in TBL in 2012. The first series, which has had 88 participants from 9 countries, covers the basics of what TBL is; writing objectives, MCQs, and applications; facilitation, and action planning. Series 2 is about mentoring, peer review, advanced facilitation, and evaluation. Series 3 is dedicated to becoming a Certified Trainer.

Click here for a listing of past featured members.

TBLC Regional Workshop in San Francisco Reminder – December 9

The Team Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) is offering a unique opportunity to learn about team-based learning at their regional workshop in San Francisco, California on Friday December 9, 2016.

This all day session will offer 2 workshops:

TBL 101
This is the single best introduction to TBL. It is conducted in a TBL format, participants must prepare ahead, take an IRAT, and engage actively with their assigned team members. The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module are emphasized.

At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental principles that foster active learning in small groups
  • Identify the key elements of TBL
  • Appreciate the value of “backward design”
  • Define the 4S approach to effective in-class applications
  • Identify barriers to implementation and strategize solutions

Creating an Effective TBL Module
This workshop is for educators who have completed the introductory workshop on Team-Based Learning™ – TBL 101. The entire workshop is conducted in a TBL format and there is an advance assignment.

Participants will practice and develop skills for creating effective Team-Based Learning modules by participating in the following activities:

  • a clarification of the process and importance of readiness assurance
  • a differentiation of the levels and types of application exercise questions
  • an opportunity to practice writing objectives for an application exercise writing an application exercise and comparing and contrasting the application exercises of others

These workshops will be led by Parto Khansari and Leanne Coyne. Please click here for more information and to register.

We hope to see you there!

TBLC Call for Workshop Abstracts – Deadline July 15

The Team Based Learning Collaborative extends a warm welcome to join them for their 16th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, March 2-4, 2017 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside.

Abstracts are currently welcomed for Workshop presentation formats.

Workshops will be accepted within one of three tracks:

  • Fundamentals Track
  • Innovations & Applications track
  • Scholarship & Research Track

Fundamentals Track:
Learners will acquire knowledge and skills for implementation of effective TBL. Target audience: educators with less than 3 years experience using TBL or educators who want to become more effective in practicing the essentials of TBL.

Innovations and Applications Track:
Learners will acquire knowledge and skills for using TBL in specific educational settings or in a specific academic discipline. Creative innovations that remain consistent with TBL principles are encouraged.

Target audience: educators who are currently using TBL and who desire to improve their practice by interacting with those in similar educational roles, disciplines, or settings.

Scholarship and Research Track:
Learners will acquire knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the educational process and outcomes of TBL. Workshops emphasizing either qualitative or quantitative research methods are preferred.

Target audience: educators who want to study the TBL process and communicate findings in a scholarly manner, e.g. peer-reviewed publications.

Requirements to be included in workshop proposal

  1. Title of workshop
  2. Organizer and co-leaders: for each person who will facilitate the workshop, submit name, degree, institution, email, phone, and qualifications for leading the workshop. Designate one person to communicate with the program committee. Please note that only registered participants will be listed within the final Conference Program.
  3. Purpose and rationale of the workshop (Workshops proposed for fundamentals track ONLY: Submit learners’ evaluations of a previous workshop you have done on this topic.)
  4. Specific learning objectives of the workshop (behavioral)
  5. Intended audience
  6. Format: the method that leaders will use during the workshop; include description of how essential elements of TBL will be incorporated.
  7. Detailed schedule of workshop activities, with each segment in minutes, including breaks (assume total duration of 120 minutes).
  8. Advance assignments for participants (optional)
  9. Audio-visual requirements: provide a list. NOTE: This will be confirmed by the Admin Planning Team as to availability.
  10. Number of participants: provide the maximum number you will accept

Proposals are to be submitted online using the online submission form found here by July 15, 2016.

If you have any questions or problems with your workshop submission, please send them to Danielle Inscoe at