The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our 19th annual Conference on Team-Based Learning scheduled for March 14-17, 2020 at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon, USA. "Diversity in Learning" will be the central theme for the conference, in which attendees will not only have the opportunity to learn more about the utilization of TBL, but will also explore strategies to meet both diverse learners and diverse learning needs.


Pre-conference workshops will be held on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th. All five workshops for the TBLC Fundamentals Certificate will be offered during this time. (For more information on the Fundamentals certificate, please click here) The conference itself will begin on the evening of Sunday, March 15th with an opening plenary by Dr. Elizabeth L. Hillman, the President of Mills College in Oakland, California. Dr. Yves Labissiere, an associate professor at Portland State University in Portland Oregon, will be also deliver a plenary session on the morning of Monday March 16th. Both speakers are sure to deliver stimulating and thought-provoking sessions.


New to the 2020 conference are expert panels and oral focus sessions. During the expert panels, conference attendees will have the opportunity to ask TBL experts for advice in regards to the more challenging aspects of TBL. The oral focus sessions will be short presentations on innovations or applications of TBL that are not research-based in an effort to help bring creative innovations and new topics of growing interest to the annual meeting.


The conference will also include interactive workshops, oral research presentations and poster sessions. The 19th annual TBLC Conference will be a wonderful experience filled with engaging sessions and plenty of networking opportunities.


We hope to see you there!

Sarah Lerchenfeldt & Robin Risling-de Jong
2020 Program Chair & Co-Chair

Countdown to TBLC in Portland!

Deadlines to Remember

January 1, 2020
Author Notification for Poster/Oral Abstracts
January 15, 2020
Early Bird Registration Deadline
February 20, 2020
Hotel Reservation Deadline
March 14-17, 2020
2020 Meeting in Portland, OR

Meet Our Plenary Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Hillman
Mills College
Oakland, California, USA

Speaker Bio

Dr. Elizabeth L. Hillman is the 14th President of Mills College. Hillman is a founding member of the President's Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Hillman is the former provost and academic dean at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Hillman also served as professor of law and director of faculty development at Rutgers University School of Law and taught at Yale University and the US Air Force Academy. She also was an officer in the US Air Force, where she served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst. She received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1989 and an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She received a JD from Yale Law School in 2000 and a PhD in history with a focus on women’s history from Yale University in 2001.

Elizabeth Hillman
Dr. Yves Labissiere
Associate Professor
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon, USA

Speaker Bio

A social psychologist by training, Yves Labissiere is an associate professor at Portland State University where he teaches classes and conducts research on the psychology of oppression and empowerment, diversity and learning, inter and intra-group relations and conflict. Yves recently finished a Pew Funded project examining ethnic differences in civic engagement among African Americans, Cuban, Jamaicans, Haitians, and European Americans and the role that faith and religion played. Yves received a BA from Yale, and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. When he is not working, he enjoys, gardening, cooking, weightlifting and just good conversations with friends.

Yves Labissiere

Registration Fee Information

Registration Type
Before January 15, 2020
After January 15, 2020
TBLC Member
TBLC Non-Member
Fundamentals Certificate+Conference Registration
For information on exhibit fees, please visit here

Pre-Conference Programming

Session Information


* Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL
Saturday, March 14


* Creating an Effective TBL Module
Saturday, March 14


* Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities
Saturday, March 14


* Improving Facilitation Skills for a TBL Classroom
Sunday, March 15


Digging Deeper into Different Types of Mentoring Relationships, How to Make them Work for YOU
Sunday, March 15


Research Development Day
Sunday, March 15


Problem-Solving Barriers to TBL Delivery: Diving into the Gray Literature
Sunday, March 15


* Peer Evaluation and Team Development
Sunday, March 15


Boxed lunch for pre-conference attendees
Saturday, March 14


Boxed lunch for pre-conference attendees
Sunday, March 15


* These sessions are part of the fundamentals certificate. The $85 fee applies if they are chosen a la carte.

Meeting Location

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
United States
TBLC Attendee rate is $189.00/night

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