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Are Your Learning Objectives More Difficult or More Complex? What’s the Difference?

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With the 2022 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Are Your Learning Objectives More Difficult or More Complex? What’s the Difference? This session will be presented by Cynthia and Paul Standley from The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Are Your Learning Objectives More Difficult or More Complex? What’s the Difference?
Presented by: Cynthia Standley – The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
Paul Standley from The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern and Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

As educators, we are tasked with writing learning objectives that are specific, measurable, realistic, and observable behaviors of what the learner is to do. We rely on Bloom’s Taxonomy to do this. With the advent of the flipped classroom, there is an ever-increasing need to incorporate higher-level learning objectives as students engage in active learning. This workshop will focus on writing those higher-level learning objectives. In writing these higher-level objectives, there is a tendency to write more difficult objectives, rather than more complex. Just because a learning objective is difficult doesn’t make it more complex. Students can be exerting great effort to achieve learning, but still processing at the lowest level of thinking! To move up Bloom’s taxonomy, we must engage more complexity. In this workshop, we will first review the difference between complexity and difficulty and complete a group activity to determine if the examples provided reflect increased difficulty or complexity. Then, we will move on to taking a simple, familiar task and describe questions or activities that move the task up Bloom’s Taxonomy. Finally, we will end by taking a concept students need to learn and describe questions or activities that move that concept up Bloom’s Taxonomy. Through this stepwise approach, we should clear up any misconceptions about the difference between difficulty and complexity and be better prepared to write those more complex, higher-level learning objectives!

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Join Us at the #TBLC22 Virtual Meeting!

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Will you be joining us at the 21st Annual TBLC Conference in April? The TBLC is a group of educators dedicated to supporting faculty that have implemented or wish to implement, Team-Based Learning(TM). Our past conferences have been attended by educators from many different disciplines and K-12 education, and from many different institutions around the world. To be held April 12-13 and 19-20, #TBLC22 has a wide range of sponsorship opportunities designed to showcase your company’s products and services and maximize your footprint. Feel free to take a look at our exhibitor brochure here.

I look forward to working with you to make this educational event successful for all involved. For additional comments or questions, please contact us at support@tblcadmin.org. Looking forward to seeing you in April!

Sincerely,
Julie K. Hewett, CMP, CAE
TBLC Association Manager

An Easy Guide to Teaching TBL with Engaging
Online/blended Activities for STEM Students

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With the 2022 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: An Easy Guide to Teaching TBL with Engaging Online/blended Activities for STEM Students. This session will be presented by Stuart Clark from the University of New South Wales Sydney. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: An Easy Guide to Teaching TBL with Engaging Online/blended Activities for STEM Students
Presented by: Stuart Clark – UNSW Sydney
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Eastern and Tuesday, April 19, 2022 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Eastern

Engaging students virtually and in mixed online/face-to-face environments can be difficult, especially with STEM activities. In today’s world, teachers and lecturers have access to an ever-growing number of online tools to support the delivery of their teaching, but the number and complexity of tools can be confusing to many educators. Multiple platforms can also be a problem for students who are required to split their attention between complex information presented and solved in different tools. In this workshop, we will examine one type of tool – interactive notebooks – that allow lecture material, videos, equations and coding to be integrated into one place.

STEM students can use the notebook by adding notes, do their own calculations or solutions and sharing their solutions with educators. Interactive notebooks work well at different stages of TBL – they can be used to create preparation material and provide application exercises that already perform some calculations and allow team members to adjust their results by discussion and interaction to provide answers to the application exercise. Elements of cognitive load theory can help us design these interactive notebooks to reduce the demands of working memory for students and carefully build long-term memory. Interactive notebooks allow for careful balancing of cognitive load, with worked examples being developed that gradually increase the amount of input the student contributes. Interactive notebooks can also be used to provide faded worked solutions. For example, educators can use interactive notebooks to hide a formula but allow students to play with parameters. This workshop will go through the basics of cognitive load theory and interactive notebooks and put you in the place of educational designers working to improve interactive notebooks for your students.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Register Now for the March Fundamentals Series!

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), in collaboration with InteDashboard, is again offering a unique online opportunity to complete all five courses required for the Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL certification. The TBL Fundamentals Series begins Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM Eastern and continues through March 17. 

What are the workshops included in the series?

  • Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL presented Tuesday, March 8
  • Creating an Effective TBL Module presented Wednesday, March 9
  • Evaluating MCQs for RAT and Application Activities presented Thursday, March 10
  • Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom presented Tuesday, March 15
  • Peer Feedback and Evaluation presented Thursday, March 17

Want to expand your use of TBL beyond the series?
Schedule your 1:1 meeting with a
Trainer Consultant!

Registration to the March series includes an exclusive one-on-one meeting with a Trainer-Consultant who can help you take your skills to the next level. Don’t miss this opportunity! Register today!

Key Takeaways from the Fundamentals Series

  • Learn about the essentials of the TBL process
  • Learn how to convert non-TBL course material into a TBL format
  • Identify common errors and barriers during TBL module development and learn how to overcome them
  • Improve your TBL facilitation skills by adopting the key characteristics of effective facilitators
  • Develop insights into online TBL
  • How to improve student teamwork for learning effectiveness and engagement
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of global educators

Learning objectives for each of the workshops can be found at the TBL Fundamental Series site here.

The five online courses offer the same quality content as the face-to-face workshop series, with the added bonus of learning from educators from around the globe. Taught in TBL style, these courses will show attendees effective TBL delivery in the online environment while they build upon their own professional development. 

For more information, and to register, click here. Can’t make the March series? No problem! The full series will be offered again online in June 2022.

Last Chance Proposals Due January 31

The TBLC Educational Development Committee is still seeking proposals for the upcoming 2022 Webinar & Workshop Series, a longitudinal faculty development initiative offered to our membership throughout the year. We invite proposals for webinars, workshops, panel discussions, and short presentations, to be delivered online on topics of interest to the greater TBL Community. Each proposal and abstract will be faculty peer reviewed, so consider this another fantastic opportunity for scholarship!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email support@tblcadmin.org. Proposals submitted by January 31, 2022 will be given preference.

Last Call to Join the Upcoming TBL Fundamentals Series!

Don’t miss your opportunity to join the next cohort to complete all five courses required for the Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL certification. The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), in collaboration with InteDashboard, is again offering this unique online opportunity beginning Thursday, January 13 at 6:00 PM Eastern and continues through January 27. 

What are the workshops included in the series?

  • Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL presented Thursday, January 13
  • Creating an Effective TBL Module presented Tuesday, January 18
  • Evaluating MCQs for RAT and Application Activities presented Thursday, January 20
  • Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom presented Tuesday, January 25
  • Peer Feedback and Evaluation presented Thursday, January 27

Want to expand your use of TBL beyond the series?
Schedule your 1:1 meeting with a
Trainer Consultant!

Registration for the January series includes an exclusive one-on-one meeting with a Trainer-Consultant who can help you take your skills to the next level. Don’t miss this opportunity! Register today!

Learning objectives for each of the workshops can be found at the TBL Fundamental Series site here.

For more information, and to register, please click the button below. Can’t make the January series? No problem! The full series will be offered again virtually later in 2022 as well as in person at the 2022 TBLC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida! We hope you can join us!

#TBLC22 Early Bird Deadline is Quickly Approaching!

The 2022 TBLC Annual Conference is right around the corner and the Early Bird Deadline is January 15. Currently, the TBLC All Access registration is $425/$525 for member/non-member and the Virtual Only registration is $175/$275. After the Early Bird Deadline, rates will increase to $515/$615 for All Access and $225/$325 for Virtual Only. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate!

When: March 5-8, 2022
Where: Orlando, Florida, USA with portions to be delivered virtually

The Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona has extended a reduced rate of $169.00 per night to all TBLC Meeting attendees. This special rate is guaranteed until February 5, 2022, so be sure to book your room before then!

After February 15, 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 visit the hotel’s booking website here.

For more information, visit the 2022 TBLC Annual Meeting website. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in March!

Reminder* 2022 TBLC Webinar & Workshop Series Proposals Still Accepted

Is your work innovative, reflective of best practices, or challenging the status quo in team-based learning? Do you have a new perspective or context that others could learn from?  Are you making an impact on student learning or faculty development? If so, we would like to hear from you!

Submit your proposal by January 31, 2022.

The TBLC Educational Development Committee is still seeking proposals for the upcoming 2022 Webinar & Workshop Series, a longitudinal faculty development initiative offered to our membership throughout the year. We invite proposals for webinars, workshops, panel discussions, and short presentations, to be delivered online on topics of interest to the greater TBL Community. Each proposal and abstract will be faculty peer reviewed, so consider this another fantastic opportunity for scholarship!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email support@tblcadmin.org. Proposals submitted by January 31, 2022 will be given preference.

Spaces Still Remain to Exhibit with TBLC in Orlando!

March is just around the corner! Will you be joining us in Orlando, FL? I would like to extend an invitation to participate Will you be joining us at the 21st Annual TBLC Conference in Orlando, Florida? The TBLC is a group of educators dedicated to supporting faculty that have implemented or wish to implement, Team-Based Learning(TM). Our past conferences have been attended by educators from many different disciplines and K-12 education, and from many different institutions around the world. To be held March 5 – 8, 2022, #TBLC22 has a wide range of sponsorship opportunities designed to showcase your company’s products and services and maximize your footprint. Feel free to take a look at our exhibitor brochure here.

I look forward to again working with you to make this educational event successful for all involved. For additional comments or questions, please contact us at support@tblcadmin.org. Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Sincerely,
Julie K. Hewett, CMP, CAE
TBLC Association Manager

#TBLC22 Saturday, March 6 Pre-Conference Workshops

The 2022 Annual TBLC Meeting is taking place from March 5 through March 8, 2022. New this year is two days of pre-conference workshops to allow for all five of the Fundamental Certificate courses! These earlier days, Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, will give attendees the opportunity to take all required courses for their introductory TBL Fundamentals certification. Find out more about the Fundamentals Certificate, as well as the other TBL-Certifications, on our website. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Workshops being offered on Saturday, March 6 include:

Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom
Presenters: Suzan ElSayed – Oakland University
Will Ofstad – West Coast University

Effective facilitation is an integral component of the successful delivery of a TBL module. Facilitation is a complex activity that requires the instructor to implement strategies that engage the audience and promote intrinsic motivation to participate. The purpose of this workshop is to share a diverse range of facilitation strategies that instructors can adapt and use to enhance their facilitation skills.

Peer Evaluation and Team Development
Presenters: Michelle Farland – University of Florida
Sarah Lerchenfeldt – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Peer evaluation and team development increase individual accountability and improve team cohesion to create an optimal learning environment for TBL modules. The purpose of this workshop is to learn the key components of peer evaluation and team development and use best practices to implement a system that fits the needs of the learning environment unique to the educational setting in which TBL is offered. As the final workshop in this series, take the opportunity to develop partnerships among TBLC members for future engagement with this community-driven collaborative.

For the full list of workshops and more details on the 2022 TBLC Meeting, please click here.