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New Resource Highlight

This month’s featured module is the Adolescent with Chest Pain module. The Module was developed by Dr. Amanda R. Emke, reviewed, and published to the Resource Bank in the Summer of 2013. The Adolescent with Chest Pain module was designed for Pre-Clinical Pediatrics in the second year of a medical student course in pediatrics.

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

  • Compare and contrast confidentiality and consent
  • Compare and contrast confidentiality and consent in the unique context of the adolescent patient
  • List the vaccination recommendations for teenagers including timing, correct preparation, and contraindications
  • List the components of and when to use the following adolescent interview tools:
    • HEEADSSS
    • GAPS
    • CRAFFT
  • Compare and contrast the following causes of chest pain in the adolescent with respect to signs and symptoms, history, and physical exam findings:
    • Costochondritis
    • Psychogenic
    • Gastroesophageal reflux
    • Mitral valve prolapse

The Adolescent with Chest Pain module includes a 10 question RAT and a three-part Application Exercise.

TBLC 2016 Meeting Archives Online

The 2016 TBLC Meeting Archives are now available on the TBLC website! The 2016 Meeting was held March 3-5 at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico.

To access the Meeting Archives, visit the TBLC website (www.teambasedlearning.org), go to “Events” in the top menu bar, and then click on “Conferences” from the drop down menu. Here, we have listed the previous TBLC meetings including the 2016 meeting. Clicking on “2016 – Albuquerque, New Mexico” will take you to information on the 2016 meeting.

If you have any questions, concerns, or problems accessing the archives, please email Danielle Inscoe at danielle@tblcadmin.org.

We look forward to seeing you next year in Orlando!

TBLC Workshop – Basics of TBL in a Day

TBLC is pleased to present a pre-conference workshop on the “Basics of Team-Based Learning in a Day,” led by certified consultant-trainers Chris Burns and Sandy Cook at the 2016 IAMSE Meeting. We hope you’ll join us to learn about TBL and how to make it work for you!

The session starts with TBL 101 – This is the single best introduction to TBL. It is conducted in the TBL format to demonstrate the process, while giving participants the student experience. 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. By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to describe the elements and of TBL and debate how they impact small group learning through experiencing a TBL module.

The afternoon session will focus on applying what was learned in the morning session to the challenge of creating an effective TBL module. This session uses the TBL format to explore readiness assurance and group application exercise questions more thoroughly, including time for participants to work on creating their own applications with peer and faculty feedback. By the conclusion of the afternoon, participants will be able to create an action plan on how they might convert a learning session into a TBL module and to construct a group application that enhances team cohesiveness.

For more information on the 2016 IAMSE Meeting and to register, click herePlease note, this workshop is being offered as a pre-conference workshop. You do not have to register for the full meeting to attend the TBL workshop.

TBLC 2016 Grant Recipients

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) would like to congratulate the 2016 TBLC Grant Recipients. We received the most submissions to date. There were 14 submissions, and we are happy to congratulate the following on receiving grants from TBLC this year:

  • Judith Ainsworth (University of Florida):  Team-Based Learning in Communication Courses for Accounting Graduates: Investigating Student Engagement, Accountability, and Satisfaction
  • Cynthia Standley (University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix): Get Our of the Lecture Hall! Assessment of Student Learning and Communication Skills Moving From Lecture to Team Based Learning
  • Kristin Janke (University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy): Quality Indicators in TBL Application Activities

If you would like to submit a proposal for a TBLC grant for 2017, keep your eyes peeled for the email later this fall!

TBLC – Congratulations Trainer-Consultant Graduates

We would like to extend our congratulations to 11 individuals who have completed all requirements to become a TBLC Certified Trainer-Consultant over the last year.

The graduates for 2016 are:

  • Dr. Janna Chimeli
  • Dr. Hugh Clements-Jewery
  • Dr. Lorrie Comeford
  • Dr. Colleen Corte
  • Dr. Sandra Ehrlich
  • Dr. Michelle Farland
  • Dr. Lorna Finnegan
  • Dr. Abbas Hyderi
  • Dr Smita Krishnamurthy
  • Dr. Peggy Mohr
  • Dr. Jenny Morris

The TBLC Consultant-Trainer program is designed for those who want to become certified by the TBLC as an expert educator and consultant for faculty who are implementing TBL. The program begins with a six-hour workshop at the annual meeting, and continues all year under the guidance of an experienced mentor. Graduation and certification as a trainer-consultant require fulfillment of six competencies. Please join us in congratulating them!

TBLC 2016 Congratulations Poster Award Winners

We would like to extend our congratulations on behalf of the TBLC to this year’s poster award winners: Naomi Twigg, Colleen Corte, Elaine Hardy, and Alysha Hart. Their poster abstract was titled “Examining students’ preference, satisfaction, and experience with team-based learning in an online environment.” As the lead presenter, TBLC is pleased to announce that Naomi Twigg will receive one year of free membership for winning. Please see their abstract below:

Over the last decade, the popularity of taking an online course in U.S. higher education has grown astronomically with a 17.3% growth rate totaling 6.7 million online learners. Students are attracted and satisfied with online courses because of the convenience they offer, however, they are dissatisfied with the lack of interaction with their instructor and other students in the course. Team-based learning (TBL) has traditionally been implemented in face-to-face or blended classroom environments, which have shown to increase students’ learning of the course concepts, increase students’ level of engagement, and improve students’ attitudes about teamwork compared to traditional lecture-format. While there has been great success with TBL in the classroom, there has been limited research on the effectiveness of TBL in an asynchronous online environment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate graduate nursing students’ preference, experience and satisfaction with taking a TBL course in an online environment. The authors hypothesize that graduate nursing students taking an asynchronous online TBL course would prefer and be more satisfied with this teaching methodology in comparison to a non-TBL, asynchronous online course. The sample included graduate nursing students (n=116) enrolled in an asynchronous, online TBL course. Students will be surveyed at the end of the 2015 fall semester using a 33-item adapted version of the Team-Based Learning Student Assessment Instrument (TBL-SAI). An analysis of students’ preference, experience, and satisfaction with taking an asynchronous online TBL course has the potential to lead to course developments and improve learning outcomes.

TBLC 2016 – Poster Abstracts Online

The 2016 TBLC Annual Meeting poster abstracts are now listed online. Abstracts are listed in one of four categories – Fundamentals, Innovation, Scholarship, and Other. Please click the following links for each category of abstracts:

Abstracts – Fundamentals

Abstracts – Innovation

Abstracts – Scholarship

Abstracts – Other

Not registered for the meeting? Registration is still available online at www.tblcmeeting.org!

TBLC 2016 Meeting Highlight – Pre-Conference Workshops

The 2016 Annual TBLC Meeting is taking place from March 3 through March 5, 2016. Thursday, March 3rd is a pre-conference workshop day, and we would like to highlight some of the sessions for you. We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque!

TBL 101
Presenters: Judy Currey, Brenda Jack

This is the single best introduction to TBL, 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.

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the key components of a successful TBL module.
  2. Outline how they would construct a TBL module from a set of objectives.
  3. Describe how they might convert a course/lecture they already teach into a TBL module.
  4. Illustrate how to transform a small group into a productive learning team.

Creating an Effective TBL Module
Presenters: Michael Nelson, Liz Winter, Leanne Coyne

This workshop is for instructors who have completed the introductory workshop on Team-Based Learning, TBL 101. It is conducted in a TBL format and there is an Advance Assignment. TBL modules can sink or swim on the quality of the questions that you pose. The toughest task is to write Team Application questions that force learners to grapple with the topic’s principles, analyze data, and make a decision that is defensible.

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how to use the four S’s in the design of a Team Application exercise.
  2. Construct a Team Application question that will engage the team in a high-level thinking.
  3. Describe how to link Team Application questions to Readiness Assurance and the Advance Assignment.
  4. Choose the best question format: MCQ or Gallery Walk.

Please note that these pre-conference workshops have an additional fee of $75 each.

For the full list and more details regarding the pre-conference workshops, please click here.

TBLC – How to Update your Membership Profile

We believe that it is much easier to connect with colleagues when you remember their faces. Our new membership database platform allows us to include a photo with your profile. We are asking your help to update the new system.

If you would like to upload your picture to your member profile, you can do so by logging in to the TBLC Member’s Only section of the website here. If you do not remember your user login information, follow the link “Click Here to Reset your Password” Your user ID is the email address previously used for membership registration. Once logged in, click “My Profile” at the top of the page and then click on the current picture. Once here, you can upload a picture to your profile and make any necessary changes to your membership profile, such as adding your address, phone number, or university.

If you have any questions about uploading your picture or updating your membership profile, contact Danielle Inscoe at danielle@tblcadmin.org

TBLC 2016 Meeting Registration and Hotel Reminder

The 2016 TBLC Annual Conference is right around the corner! The Early Bird Deadline is January 15. Currently, registration is $360/$470 for member/non-member. After the Early Bird Deadline, rates will increase to $410/$520 for member/non-member registration. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate!

The TBLC attendee room rate is $149 per night at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. The special room rate is for the nights of March 3-5, 2016. This special rate will only be available until February 8, 2016.

After February 8, the hotel cannot guarantee a room for TBLC attendees, so be sure to book your hotel before the cut off!

To make your reservations, please call the hotel’s reservation line directly at 505-843-6300 or visit www.hotelabq.com and use group code 16022016AN.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know at support@tblcadmin.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you in New Mexico!