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2020 TBLC Annual Business Meeting June 11 at 5PM EDT

The TBLC Annual Conference is a time for networking, self-development, exchange of ideas, and celebration of the accomplishments of our members. Each year we also set aside time to conduct business of the organization. While we are all saddened by the cancellation of the 2020 annual conference and the opportunities for in-person exchange that we lost, we still have a chance to meet and discuss the important matters relating to the Collaborative. 

Therefore, I’d like to invite you to attend  the general membership business meeting scheduled for June 11th from 5PM – 6PM EDT. During this meeting, the Steering Committee will provide an overview of the wonderful things the members of the TBLC accomplished in 2019-2020. We will also celebrate the members who earned TBL Practitioner and Trainer-Consultant Certifications, honor the best paper awardees, and announce the projects that were funded through the TBLC research grant program. We will also use this time to seek ideas from you to help identify how the TBLC can better meet your needs.

We look forward to having you join the business meeting to celebrate the accomplishments that are the result of the collective contributions of our members.

To register in advance for this meeting please follow the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcOyvqzIoG9JC0wqZI6T39eguPGc9PYBz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

I look forward to seeing you all, albeit virtually, in a few weeks.

Sincerely,
Michelle Farland, PharmD
President, TBLC

TBLC 2021 Call for Research Grant Submissions – Due July 31

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) wishes to support and encourage research and scholarship in Team-Based Learning (TBL), and therefore announces the 2020 research grant program.

All TBLC members of at least two years are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Preference will be given to new projects and must be relevant to the mission of TBLC. The results of funded projects must be presented at a future TBLC meeting. The initial funding award will be announced via email, and at the 2021 TBLC annual meeting.

Deadline for submission – July 31, 2020

Nominations are to be submitted through our online submission portal here. If you have any questions or trouble submitting, please reach out via email before July 31 to support@tblcadmin.org.

Thank you,
Richard Plunkett, PhD
Chair, TBLC Research and Scholarship Committee

Experiences in Moving TBL Online Free TBLC Webinar Archives

We hope that you had a chance to take part in the live TBLC Webinars titled “Experiences in Moving TBL Online.” In the May 12 session, host and TBLC Membership Committee Chair Michele Clark welcomed a panel of exciting and engaging speakers from the TBLC membership to discuss their best practices and suggestions in moving TBL classes online, both before and after the pandemic. In the May 19 session, TBLC President-Elect Julie Estis discussed this same topic with TBLC President Michelle Farland and Michele Clark. In case you missed the live sessions, or if you would like to revisit any of these discussions, please find the link to their  archive and the chat below.

May 12 – Experiences in Moving TBL Online
May 12 Chat Log

May 19 – Experiences in Moving TBL Online
Chat log coming soon!

We are working on new and exciting content to bring to you over the summer. Stay tuned!

Don’t Miss the Last Session in This FREE Webinar Series!

Join a TBLC member panel for tips and solutions in virtual TBL teaching in the last session of “Experiences in Moving TBL Online.” The session will also have an opportunity to pose your questions to the panelists in a Q&A roundtable session.

Title: Experiences in Moving TBL Online
When: Tuesday May 19 at 10AM EDT
Speakers: Michele Clark (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Julie Estis (University of South Alabama) and Michelle Farland (University of Florida)

Discussion points will include:

  • iRAT and tRAT implementation
  • 4S application exercises
  • Overall course design considerations (synchronous/asynchronous delivery, useful technologies, etc.)

To register for this webinar please follow this link

“Experiences in Moving TBL Online – A Free Webinar Series Presented by TBLC

You may already be dealing with the challenge to put your courses online – or this is a challenge you will soon be facing.

Here is an opportunity to learn from TBLC members who are working on delivering TBL courses virtually. Each panel will share challenges and solutions that have helped in dealing with the new teaching environment. Each session will present a different method of online TBL instruction with a Q&A period at the end of the session.

Title: Experiences in Moving TBL Online
When: Tuesday May 12 and Tuesday May 19 at 10AM EDT
Speakers:

May 12 – Annetta Dolowitz (University of Alabama, Birmingham), Peter Balan (University of South Australia), Will Ofstad (California Health Sciences University) and Michele Clark (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
May 19 – Michele Clark (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Julie Estis (University of South Alabama) and Michelle Farland (University of Florida)

Discussion points will include:

  • iRAT and tRAT implementation
  • 4S application exercises
  • Overall course design considerations (synchronous/asynchronous delivery, useful technologies, etc.)

To register for this webinar please follow this link

Steering Committee Nominations Due May 15

We need to inform you that an error was made in the original call for nominations for open Steering Committee positions earlier this year. This election cycle we have two positions to fill: Treasurer and Higher Education Member-at-Large. The intent of the Steering Committee was to solicit nominations for a Member-at-Large, Higher Education (Non-Health Sciences). There is another existing Member-at-Large, Health Sciences position on the Steering Committee that is currently filled. The overarching goal of this practice is to ensure diverse representation within the TBLC leadership team. As a result of this error the nomination process is being reset for this year and we are initiating a new call for nominations to both open TBLC leadership positions.

The following positions are up for election this year:
• Treasurer (2 year term)
• Higher Education Member-At-Large, Non Health Sciences (3 year term)

Board meetings are held via video conference call monthly and additional business may be conducted through e-mail.  

If this opportunity to expand your influence in Team-Based Learning while advancing the work of TBLC fits your personal career goals, then I invite you to submit your nomination for either Treasurer or Higher Education Member-At-Large. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged!

Please submit your nominations to https://teambasedlearning.site-ym.com/page/2020nominations

Deadline for nomination is May 15, 2020.

TBLC is a Collaborative of Volunteers Like You!

Build your network, your expertise, and your profile by becoming an active member of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative! The TBLC can give you access to a world-wide network of active and like-minded people, and a really good way to do this is to become an active member of one of the committees helping to build TBL internationally.
The TBLC Steering Committee would like to invite you to become more involved with the Collaborative. There are several areas in which volunteer help is always welcomed and appreciated.

Membership Committee - The Membership Committee develops methods and programs for active membership recruitment and retention. Two recent responsibilities include the three to four yearly newsletters and the development and monitoring of the new website.

Editorial Board – The Editorial Board reviews all resources, modules and other publications that are submitted to the TBLC for endorsement by the organization. The Editorial Board consists of a Chair and committee responsible for determining the process of review of these publications. Additional volunteers assist with peer review.

Research and Scholarship Committee – The Scholarship Committee is responsible for fostering, enhancing and encouraging the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning within the Collaborative. This committee aids members in developing individual and collaborative research endeavors to measure outcomes associated with TBL, and promotes the publishing of scholarly materials. Annual responsibilities include peer reviewing grants when offered by TBLC.

Educational Development Committee – The Educational Development Committee is responsible for obtaining, evaluating, developing, and disseminating TBL best practices and materials about TBL to be used by the membership and for recruitment.

Annual Program Committee – The Annual Program Committee organizes annual TBLC meetings, such as identifying the meeting theme; selecting keynote and closing session speakers; reviewing and selecting proposals for workshops, oral sessions, and posters; implementing changes suggested by TBLC members; and performing other functions as needed to ensure the success of annual meetings. This committee consists of the Chair, Past-Chair, Future Chair (position available), Treasurer, and representatives from the Faculty Development Committee and Scholarship Committee. Additional members of the Committee may be appointed by the Committee Chair.

Marketing Committee – The Marketing Committee reviews and advises on the marketing activities of the collaborative. It develops and submits an annual marketing plan to the Steering Committee that will identify and coordinate activities of the TBLC committees with the purpose of marketing the collaborative.
Membership at a committee level fosters international collaborative relationships with like-minded colleagues, and may well enhance your professional standing and opportunities. Note that if you are already a committee member you will still need to reach out and volunteer for the upcoming year.

Please contact support@tblcadmin.org if you would like to volunteer for a TBLC committee position. 

TBLC 2020 Annual Meeting Canceled

With the recent declaration of a state of emergency in the state of Oregon, we believe it to be in the best interest of our attendees, colleagues, students and members to cancel our 2020 Annual Meeting in Portland. The decision to cancel our much-anticipated meeting was not an easy one to make, but our first priority lies with the health and safety of our colleagues around the globe.

As we already had a positive relationship with the Hilton Portland Downtown Hotel, they have invited us to be their guest with our 2021 annual meeting. Therefore, we hope that you will plan to attend on March 13-16, 2021 as we come together to expand our knowledge and training in team-based learning through interactive workshops, oral research presentations and poster sessions.

Due to the cancellation fees imposed upon the TBLC by the hotel ($112,000) and the lack of communicable disease coverage in standard professional event insurance, the Executive Committee had a very difficult decision to make regarding both the registration fees and the financial viability of our organization.

Pre-conference Workshop Registrations
We will fully refund all pre-conference registration fees. For many of our pre-conference workshop registrants, this was one of the first times you would be formally learning about TBL. In alignment with our organizational mission, our goal is to be able to offer the core workshops for the fundamentals certificate in an online venue over the next year.

Annual Conference Registrations
Through multiple discussions among the Executive Committee, our association manager, and our accountant, we identified that our organization would not be able to continue if we refunded annual conference registration fees. In place of registration refunds, we hope you accept our offer to provide each annual conference registrant with a 5-year TBLC membership. While we recognize this is not a replacement for the registration fee, we hope you understand the difficult decision that needed to be made to be able to sustain the organization.

Please remember to contact the hotel to cancel your reservation.

Our bylaws require that we conduct an annual business meeting for the general membership, which typically occurs during the annual conference. In order to be compliant with our bylaws, we will organize an online business meeting for all members to participate in. In addition to our normal business matters, we will also discuss the items that led the Executive committee to cancel the conference and the financial implications related to the conference cancellation. We will send additional information regarding this event soon.

We appreciate your understanding and would like to thank all who have been engaged with us throughout the life of the organization. We are grateful that TBLC leadership have been good stewards of our finances over the years so that we are able to absorb this setback and remain a viable organization serving our membership going forward. This was a very difficult situation and we feel we have reached the best possible decision to ensure the health of our members and the stability of the organization. If you have any questions please email support@tblcadmin.org.

Sincerely,

TBLC Executive Committee
Michelle Farland, President
Julie Estis, President-Elect
Michael Nelson, Past President
Chris Burns, Treasurer
Sarah Lerchenfeldt, 2020 Program Chair

#TBLC20 Featured Workshop Self and Peer Assessment

With the 2020 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Self and Peer Assessment: More Than Just Accountability? A Re-Evaluation in Light of Backwards Design. This session will be presented by Emile Boutin and Dominique Murphy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Self and Peer Assessment: More Than Just Accountability? A Re-Evaluation in Light of Backwards Design 
Presented by: Emile Boutin – MGH Institute of Health Professions
Dominique Murphy – MGH Institute of Health Professions
Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Have you struggled with making self and peer assessment an integral and valuable part of TBL? Would you like a way to develop soft skills in your students that are not explicitly taught in your curriculum, but are needed in the workplace? The MGH Institute of Health Professions physician assistant program’s TBL process of self and peer assessments has evolved organically since its inception in 2016. In this workshop using TBL principles and backward design, we will discuss the evolution of our self and peer assessment process which began as simply an anonymous survey process to ensure team accountability. Through student and faculty input, the process has been improved and includes themes like giving and receiving feedback, mediated face-to-face small group process sessions, and reflective writing. This process intentionally holds all members of the team accountable and also cultivates soft skills needed by our students in their professional settings. Small group discussions, a gallery walk of possible themes, and development of concrete learning objectives will provide participants with the opportunity to consider self and peer assessments as not just the most challenging component of TBL, but also as the component with the most potential for student development and growth.
 



If you’d like to register for this workshop but have already registered for the meeting, you can easily update your registration online. Visit www.tblcmeeting.org and select “Already Registered?” at the bottom of the page, then enter your email address and password. Didn’t set up a password when you registered? No problem! Simply select the link on that page that says, “Don’t know your password? Click here to reset it.” If you have any trouble feel free to email the TBLC office at support@tblcadmin.org for assistance.

Register Today!