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Kristin Janke and Ruth Levine Win TBLC 2021 Best Paper Awards

During the recent 2021 business meeting at the virtual annual meeting, we recognized two papers that stood out among the rest. In an effort to recognize excellence and innovation in advancing Team-Based Learning through research and scholarly publications, two papers were awarded top honors in the following categories:

Research Category
Dr. Kristin Janke
Determining Indicators of High-Quality Application Activities for Team-Based Learning

Kristin Janke, Roberts A. Bechtol, Stephanie James, Gardner Lepp, Rebecca Moote & Peter Clapp. Am J Pharm Educ, 83(9):1920-1928. 2019

Scholarship Category
Dr. Ruth Levine
The Facilitator Instrument for Team-Based Learning (FIT)

Ruth E. Levine, Peggy Hsieh, P. Adam Kelly, Lisa Carchedi, Jennifer Gibson, Paul Haidet, Paul Koles, Lindsey Pershern, Dawnelle Schatte, Brenda Talley, Dwight Wolf & Britta Thompson. Teaching and Learning in Med., 32(1):82-90. 2020

Winning articles were published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last two calendar years (2019 or 2020), are consistent with the entire TBL process, and align with the mission of the TBLC.

Thank you,
Richard Plunkett
TBLC Research & Scholarship Committee Chair

Where to Find Quick Help During the #TBLC21 Virtual Conference

As we put the finishing touches on the 20th Annual TBLC Meeting, we would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to the volunteers, attendees, speakers and sponsors that have already made our event a success.

The TBLC Administrative Office will have limited availability on March 2-5, 2021 while facilitating the meeting. Response times may be delayed as we remotely staff the virtual event. Need help in a hurry? Here are the best ways to find answers to your questions.

Event FAQ
Looking for information on pre-readings, switching sessions, or how to view the plenary sessions after the live event? Quickly find answers here on the Event FAQ page.

TBLC Membership Information
Looking for information on how to join the Collaborative or need to pay your member dues? Check the Member page!

Pre-Readings
Missing a set of pre-readings for one of your upcoming workshops? No worries! All pre-readings are emailed out before the beginning of the event, so double-check your junk folder for that message. Still can’t find them? Visit the Event Hub page and scroll down to the bottom of the FAQ section. *You will need the email address and password that you set up during your registration to access this page.*

When all else fails, reach out to support@tblcadmin.org. We will respond to your questions as quickly as we can.

#TBLC21 Featured Workshop: Self and Peer Assessment: More Than Just Accountability?

With the 2021 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 Mike Boutin and Dominique Murphy. 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 Mike Boutin and Dominique Murphy – MGH Institute of Health Professions
Date & Time: Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

ave 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 developed 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 backwards design, we will discuss the evolution of our self and peer assessment process from an anonymous survey that only held teammates accountable, to a process that includes a workshop on a particular theme like giving and receiving feedback, followed by a face-to-face small group process session that intentionally holds all members of the team accountable but also cultivates soft skills needed by our students in their professional settings. Small group break out rooms and a virtual gallery walk of possible themes and 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.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

#TBLC21 Featured Workshop: Putting the Faculty in the Student’s Seat

With the 2021 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Putting the Faculty in the Student’s Seat: A TBL Immersive Approach to Faculty Development. This session will be presented by David Fuentes, Jeremy Hughes and Will Ofstad. 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: David Fuentes – University of Portland
Jeremy Hughes – Chicago State University College of Pharmacy
Will Ofstad – West Coast University
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

Faculty can imagine the implications that TBL has on learners’ study strategies, time management, and overall student life, however, few faculty have experienced TBL from the seat of the learner. By modifying the traditional faculty and staff development model to one utilizing TBL methodologies, there is an opportunity to “kill multiple birds with one stone”. Faculty and staff can experience TBL as a learner, observe TBL facilitation, and gain knowledge to help them better complete various aspects of their jobs. The purpose of this workshop is to empower attendees to expand their approach to faculty and staff development within their departments and across their institutions to one that utilizes TBL methodology. Readiness materials will include articles and videos discussing faculty development techniques based on androgological theories. Strategies for improving faculty participation and engagement in their own professional development will be identified through collaborative discussions and case-based learning. Workshop attendees will work in teams to create a sample faculty development curriculum, identifying core topics, activities, and schedules, for a simulated department/college within a larger institution.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

#TBLC21 Featured Workshop: Jazz and TBL: A Workshop in Improvisation Skills for Facilitating Great Sessions

With the 2021 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Jazz and TBL: A Workshop in Improvisation Skills for Facilitating Great Sessions. This session will be presented by Christopher Burns and Richard Plunkett. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Jazz and TBL: A Workshop in Improvisation Skills for Facilitating Great Sessions
Presented by: Christopher Burns – California Health Sciences University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Richard Plunkett – University of British Columbia
Date & Time: Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

The act of teaching is an improvisational activity. This holds true regardless of pedagogy. TBL facilitators encounter uncertainty, complexity, and change in their daily teaching activities. Like jazz musicians, they need to improvise, managing a tension between the structure imposed by the learning objectives and the freedom necessary to meet learners where they are. This workshop will draw upon traditions of jazz education to help facilitators explore their voice, an important developmental task in improvisation. Voice incorporates facilitation skills into one’s own style, conveying authenticity and fueling synergy and harmony in human relationships. Teachers who have developed an authentic voice are more likely to create memorable experiences in the classroom, and to reach learners and help them navigate the difficulties of learning new material. These skills will benefit instructors teaching in any discipline, at any level, and with diverse student groups.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

#TBLC21 Welcomes Plenary Speaker Dr. Alma Trinidad

The 20th Annual TBLC Conference is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know our keynote sessions! We have two presentations this year and we hope you enjoy each. The Friday plenary session will be given by Dr. Alma Trinidad, Associate Professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Plenary: Building, Facilitating, and Navigating Team-Based Learning for Equity and Change: A Voyage of Liberation
Friday, March 5, 2021, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Eastern

To respond to the growing issues and needs related to diversity, inclusion, and equity, Dr. Trinidad will provide lessons learned along the way in utilizing critical team-based learning approaches and strategies. Rooted in critical Indigenous pedagogy of place, Dr. Trinidad will draw upon her work with youth, teaching in higher education across academic programs and disciplines, and mentoring those entering careers in social work, community-based and health promotion work.

Alma M. Ouanesisouk Trinidad, PhD, MSW is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University (PSU). As a first generation college graduate and professional, born and raised on the island of Molokai, Hawai‘i with family roots of Filipino immigration through the sugar and pineapple industries, she describes her voyage of serving the people and community as becoming a Pinay (Filipina) scholar warrior and guardian of kapu aloha (sacred love)/mahalaya (love and freedom). She earned her PhD in social welfare from the University of Washington, Seattle, her MSW from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her BSW from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa. She is a macro social worker and scholar activist. She brings an array of scholarly work and practice in community development and organizing, policy analysis, organizational culture and processes, and collective impact in the areas of health promotion and education among diverse communities, and building strong children, youth, and families. Her scholarly work focuses on critical Indigenous pedagogy of place, youth empowerment, social determinants of health and education, youth and family participatory action research, social movements, and leadership and mentorship for social change. Other research and teaching interests include critical humanist design thinking, community practice, and culturally responsible research methods.

We hope you enjoy what we are sure will be a very engaging plenary discussion.

#TBLC21 Featured Workshop: Designing Course Policy Statements

With the 2021 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Designing Course Policy Statements That Optimize Beliefs and Maximize Motivation in the TBL Classroom. This session will be presented by Karla Kubitz. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Designing Course Policy Statements That Optimize Beliefs and Maximize Motivation in the TBL Classroom
Presented by: Karla Kubitz – Towson University
Date & Time: Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

Given the potentially beneficial impact on intention and behavior in the classroom, TBL course policy statements should ideally support the development of optimal behavioral beliefs, normative beliefs, and control beliefs for all of our diverse learners. The Designing Course Policy Statements workshop will be conducted using a TBL format. Attendees will be provided with a pre-workshop reading assignment related to the theory of planned behavior and the workshop will begin with an individual and a team Readiness Assurance Test. The workshop will continue with several Application Activities. Application Activities will challenge teams to: (a) classify exemplar TBL course policy statements according to whether they focus on behavioral beliefs, normative beliefs, or control beliefs; and (b) to decide whether exemplar TBL course policy statements are likely to optimize behavioral beliefs, normative beliefs, and control beliefs. Upon completion of the Workshop, attendees should be able to transfer what they learned and evaluate/ redesign their own course policy statements.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

#TBLC21 Featured Session: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An Expert Panel

With the 2021 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured sessions: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An Expert Panel. This session will be presented by Deirdre G. Pitts, Mekbib Gemeda, Molly Espey and Ariel Cascio. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An Expert Panel
Presented by: Ariel Cascio, PhD – CMU College of Medicine, Molly Espey, PhD – Clemson University, Mekbib Gemeda, MA – Eastern Virginia Medical School and Deirdre G. Pitts, Ph.D., SCP-IPMA – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Date & Time: Thursday, March 4, 2021, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM EST

Have a question related to diversity, equity and/or inclusion that you would like to pose to the panelists before the session? Feel free to send them in using the form here or by clicking the button above. 

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting sessions.

#TBLC21 Featured Workshop: Developing Leadership Competency For Communicating Across Cultures

With the 2021 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Team-Based Learning to Develop Leadership Competency for Communicating Across Cultures and Working in Multicultural Teams. This session will be presented by Judith Ainsworth and Annelise Ly. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Team-Based Learning to Develop Leadership Competency for Communicating Across Cultures and Working in Multicultural Teams
Presented by: Judith Ainsworth – McGill University and Annelise Ly – Norwegian School of Economics
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Future global leaders need to develop global leadership competencies (GLC) to tackle the complexities of globalization, not just to learn about them. To meet this challenge, this workshop aims to develop GLC using a Team-Based Learning (TBL) cross-cultural negotiation activity to help future global leaders successfully collaborate with, motivate and lead people in international settings and from different cultures. This workshop aims to help participants practice (1) their ability to understand and describe their own views of the world, how they relate to others and to question the way they act; and (2) their ability to communicate effectively and work in multicultural teams, an essential competency for global leaders.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Spaces Still Remain to Exhibit with TBLC in March!

March is just around the corner! I would like to again extend an invitation to participate in supporting the Team-based Learning Collaborative at our 2021 Meeting. I have included a copy of our exhibitor brochure for your review, including the new exhibiting levels available for 2021! Exhibitor Brochure here.

The TBLC Annual Meeting will be held virtually March 3 – 4, 2021.

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, K-12 education, and from many different higher education institutions around the world.

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 March!