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Use of Vignettes for the Application Exercises During TBL to Enhance Reasoning and Decision-Making Skills in the Health Sciences Education

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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: Use of Vignettes for the Application Exercises During TBL to Enhance Reasoning and Decision-Making Skills in the Health Sciences Education. This session will be presented by Sarah Lerchenfeldt, Sandeep Bansal and Mark Hernandez. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Use of Vignettes for the Application Exercises During TBL to Enhance Reasoning and Decision-Making Skills in the Health Sciences Education
Presented by: Sarah Lerchenfeldt – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Sandeep Bansal – TCU & UNTHSC School of Medicine
Mark Hernandez – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern and Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Educators who use team-based learning play a variety of roles in the educational institutions in which they work. Regardless of their specific roles, many of them are connected in a direct or indirect way to the processes of curriculum development that can influence the success of TBL activities in enhancing reasoning and decision-making in health sciences education. The proposed workshop is designed to provide innovative strategies that will equip participants with the skills to develop valuable case scenarios to elevate their students’ reasoning and decision-making skills. Most educational institutions had to transition to virtual learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, they learned to acclimatize with the unique situation rapidly by adopting remote teaching. The aim now is to leverage those experiences to enhance reasoning and decision-making with in-person interactions during TBL sessions when it is safe to return to in-person exercises. This highly interactive workshop will introduce participants to a step-by-step process of developing case scenarios, the necessary tools, and sample approaches such as the use of pre-recorded simulated scenes, or Matchy-Matchy exercises to enable them to successfully enhance critical thinking and decision making. A toolkit consisting of instructions on what has been presented at the workshop will then be provided to the participants.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Interested in Earning a TBLC Certification?

The TBLC offers a 3-tiered certification process for educators: (1) Fundamentals, (2) Practitioner, and (3) Trainer-Consultant. These are described below. Further information is available at www.teambasedlearning.org and clicking on Resources.

Fundamentals
To obtain the Fundamentals Certification, educators must attend five (5) workshops that are essential to laying the foundation for applying a team-based learning strategy.

Don’t miss your opportunity to jump into the upcoming cohort completing all five workshops in the Fundamentals Certification. More information and registration is coming soon for the June series!

Practitioner
The Practitioner Certification is designed for those who are skilled in the development of TBL modules and experienced in facilitation using the TBL strategy.

Trainer-Consultant
The Trainer-Consultant Certification is designed for members of the TBLC who have achieved practitioner certification and are now actively mentoring others to develop their own TBL modules. *It’s highly recommended that you complete the Practitioner Certification prior to beginning the Trainer-Consultant Certification.

For more information on TBL Certification please visit our website.

Facilitating Transformative Learning through TBL

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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: Facilitating Transformative Learning through TBL. This session will be presented by William Ofstad and Cortny Williams. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Facilitating Transformative Learning through TBL
Presented by: William Ofstad – West Coast University
Cortny Williams – University of Western States
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern and Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Eastern

To cultivate a culture of deep learning, a facilitator must create a positive and challenging learning environment that fully engages learners and teams (Smith & Apple, 2007). Well-designed TBL modules offer opportunities for rich discussion and feedback. To fully realize the benefits of this process, learners and teams must feel safe to collaborate and reflect within and between teams despite discomfort and disorientation. How learners choose to embrace challenges is critical to their long-term growth and transformation. Transformative Learning (Mezirow, 1996) offers a systematic approach to embracing challenges and making meaning of one’s experience in order to guide future goals and actions. In this workshop, we will discuss the art of prompting engagement and improving accountability to self-and team goals through a structured discussion of regulating discontent that promotes the transformative learning process. Participants will engage in applications to: 1) Identify questions that prompt discovery, examination, and commitment of ideas toward promoting individual accountability. 2) Apply an inventory of the learning environment that builds trust and transparency for collaboration. 3) Develop a structure for teams of learners to discuss their discontent when facing challenges and plan solutions to common barriers.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

Improving How We Grade: Motivational Tiered Assessment

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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: Improving How We Grade: Motivational Tiered Assessment. This session will be presented by Mark Serva from The University of Deleware. We hope you enjoy this session!

Title: Improving How We Grade: Motivational Tiered Assessment
Presented by: Mark Serva – University of Delaware
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern

College grades are supposed to differentiate the exceptional from the competent and the competent from the incompetent—yet students, employers, and even faculty struggle to connect a specific set of skills to a specific grade. Employers complain that GPA fails to differentiate once students are hired. Traditional grading is time-consuming, frustrating, and prone to inconsistencies across students. Grade inflation has become so problematic in academia that most students are no longer just above average: most are exceptional.

To address these assessment concerns, this workshop will introduce motivational tiered assessment (MTA), a new grading approach that builds on specifications grading. For grading assignments, MTA eschews partial credit in favor of simpler credit/no credit approaches. MTA also integrates opportunities for student revision and learning from mistakes. MTA reduces faculty workload, because faculty need only to assess assignments against a list of specifications—not use partial credit. And to add meaning to letter grades, each letter grade is assigned to a competency tier, which reflects specific levels of student achievement.

We hope you enjoy this and our other exciting workshops.

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!