Virtual Team-Based Learning Workshop

Dear AVE Colleagues,

We are excited to work with you if you are interested in participating in the University of Arizona CVM Team-Based Learning faculty development workshop. If so, please sign up at this link.  There is no charge for participation

The workshop is seven weekly two-hour sessions starting on Zoom starting Monday, April 15, 2024, from 10:00-noon AZ time (MST). I will send you a calendar invitation to those who sign up containing the link that should sync with your time zone. Please let me know if you don’t receive it.

Each workshop builds upon one another. During the introductory workshop, you will experience an immersive, hands-on TBL module so you can experience how it feels to be a student in a Team-Based Learning class participating in a lighthearted exercise solving problems with hot chili peppers. We like to walk our talk, so all sessions will use TBL methods to teach TBL.  

In the remaining 6 workshops, we will design and optimize a TBL module customized for your own classrooms while learning the process of “backward design.” Each of the sessions in the workshop series builds upon the others. Those who complete the series and create a TBL module will be awarded a certificate of completion. There is no charge for participation

A Taste of Team-Based Learning Series

Note: Arizona does not participate in daylight saving time, so we are now in sync with PDT. Below are the dates and times:

1. Monday, April 15, 10:00-noon AZ time (MST-which at this time of year is also PST):  A Taste of TBL- Experience what it is like to be a student in a TBL class solving a lighthearted and fun exercise on hot chili peppers.

2. Monday, April 22, 10:00-noon AZ time: Starting with the End in Mind with What Do You Want Your Students to Do? An introduction to “backward design” while Designing a TBL module for your classroom.

3. Friday, April 26, 10:00-noon, AZ time: Now, Let’s Optimize Your TBL Application Exercise Drafts for Your Class

4. Monday, May 6, 10:00-noon, AZ time: Classroom facilitation, Let’s Continue to Optimize Your TBL Application Exercise Drafts, and Create Measurable Session Objectives.

5. Monday, May 13, 10:00-noon AZ time: How to Design and Align Your Prework and Session Objectives to Your Application Exercises

6. Monday, May 20, 10:00-noon,  AZ time: Now, Let’s Design and Align your RATs with your objectives, TBL Application Exercises, and prework

7. Tues May 28, 10:00-noon AZ time: Optimization and Classroom facilitation

TBL is a “flipped classroom” method, which means there is pre-class preparation. To provide you with the whole experience of TBL, we will invite you to prepare for the session just as our students do by engaging in an interactive session of videos, brief reflections, and a short reading to give you the necessary information to get the most out of the workshop. 

The prework is on an online platform called Allele.  In a similar timeframe to what we assign our students, we will send the prework a week before each session. Please look for an email inviting you to join Allele. If you are new to Allele, click that email’s purple ‘Join Allele’ button to create a login ID (please use your institutional email address).

Because you signed up, we are all set up for you once you sign in. The prework will take about an hour to complete and is vital for you to get the most out of the TBL experience. Participants who completed the prework in previous workshops told us they were glad they did. Please check your spam if you don’t see the email from Allele support in your inbox. If you have trouble signing up or signing in, please email me for assistance.

We look forward to seeing you!

Holly and Jonathan

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