Team-Based Learning Course Design Institute – May 2017

May 16 and 18, 2017
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

You are invited to a 2 day TBL Institute that will help you build your first TBL module and get ready to use TBL in your own classroom

At the Faculty of Applied Science, we have been successfully using TBL for 14 years in a wide variety of courses (mostly large courses 120-250 students). The Team-Based Learning strategy is a powerful form of cooperative learning that maximizes the effectiveness of teams in your classroom. It works effectively in both large and small classes, in both theoretical and applied courses, in all disciplines including science, math, philosophy, literature, history, health and nursing, business, technology and trades. It can be adapted to nearly any teaching situation. Team-based learning is a comprehensive complete course design and delivery strategy (developed by organizational behaviour specialist Larry Michaelsen) for turning your classrooms into close-knit community of highly motivated learners.

The Team-Based Learning Course Design Institute takes you through the complete design process for transforming a course using the Michaelsen Team-Based Learning Model.  The Institute includes two full days of workshops, facilitation by an experienced TBL coach, time for individual work on your own course, along with individualized feedback.

“This is simply the single best teaching method available. It guarantees deeper learning, the development of critical thinking skills, collaborative skills, social skills. Moreover, class becomes a fun, extremely engaging experience. Everyone should consider teaching with TBL, in any discipline.”

“I would say if you’re motivated to have fun in the classroom and want to enjoy every class, and you want the students to leave energized about your subject, this is for you. Now I will not teach a course without Team-Based Learning.”

“The rewards are incredible. The energy in the classroom is phenomenal, and the feedback we’ve gotten from faculty is sky-high in terms of preference for TBL and not wanting to go back to lectures.”

Workshop participants and TBL converts

Workshop Overview

The goal of the TBL Institute is for you to leave with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement TBL in your own classroom. It will be held at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus on Tuesday and Thursday May 16 & 18 2017 (homework day in between). Registration will be capped at 24 participants and up to 12 spots will be available to non-UBC participants on a first come, first serve basis. Cost of registration for UBC-Faculty of Applied Science participants will be $100 Canadian dollars. Cost for registration for other UBC participants and non-UBC participants will be $400 Canadian dollars.

  • Tuesday May 16 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – Full day of workshops – Introduction to TBL and TBL Course Design
  • Wednesday May 17 – Day to yourself to complete homework assignment (office hours will be available)
  • Thursday May 18 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – Full day of workshops – Getting feedback on your preliminary designs and Getting Ready for the TBL classroom

Provided: light breakfasts, coffee, tea and other drinks, lunches (including vegetarian options), binder with handouts, and other course materials. It is recommended that external registrants purchase and read “Getting Started with Team-Based Learning” before the Institute to get the most out of the experience. For local registrants, a copy of “Getting Started with Team-Based Learning” will be delivered to your office a few weeks before Institute.

Facilitators:  Jim Sibley and TBL guest practitioners; Pete Ostafichuk, Department of Mechanical Engineering – UBC, Bill Roberson, Vancouver Island University, Jessica Motherwell, Justice Institute.

Location: Engineering Design Centre (EDC 301) at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus.


Registration for the Institute is capped at 24 participants.

Twelve (12) spots are pre-reserved for participants from the UBC – Faculty of Applied Science and twelve (12) spots will be available to other UBC participants and non-UBC participants on a first come, first serve basis.

Current Registration Numbers

Registration at 23 of 24 (April 27)

(Note: there is a $100 surcharge to pay by US purchase order. Paying with VISA is cheapest)

If you are from out of town – Where to Stay

There are many options in Vancouver. Very nice accommodation is available right on UBC campus at Westcoast Suites, just a 5 minute walk from the workshop location and a 25 minute bus ride from downtown.

West Coast Suite

Hotel suite with king bed in bedroom, queen sofa bed in living room, and private washroom. Features include luxury linens and amenities, telephone, flat-panel TV, fully-equipped kitchen with microwave (stovetop, no oven), WiFi, in-room safe, and complimentary coffee & tea.

Rate based on single or double occupancy; $25.00 charge, per night, applies for each additional guest. Maximum 4 guests per suite (non-family members under the age of 19 will not be permitted to share a bed). Includes daily housekeeping service.


Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant and multicultural population of two million. Located on Canada’s spectacular West Coast, and surrounded by ocean and mountains, Vancouver is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. UBC is only 20 minutes by car to downtown or the airport. The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s second busiest airport. Fifty-three airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses non-stop to more than 110 destinations in Canada, the U.S., and around the world. The city centre is easily accessible by public transit with many bus routes offering frequent service.