The research is clear:  Students learn more when they interact with peers to co-construct knowledge.  But… it is equally clear that requiring students to work together does not guarantee an effective and productive learning experience.  Participants will engage in their own small groups, facilitated by the leaders to develop or improve competence and confidence to design small-group-learning opportunities in classrooms of any size – including lecture halls - that incorporate research-informed practices at the boundary of learning science and social dynamics.  Team-based learning (TBL) and problem-based learning (PBL) will be outlined along with less formalized and easy-to-implement instructional strategies.  Advice on creating and maintaining learning teams will be provided and discussed.

Lectures, usually accompanied by presentation slides or images, are a long-standing tradition in health-sciences education. Regardless of the comfort of this tradition, research has also shown for a long time that learning from a primarily listening and looking experience is minimal. In this hybrid (online plus live) workshop, educators will learn and apply the research evidence for designing PowerPoint slides to enhance rather than impede learning and simple ways to interactively engage an otherwise passive audience. Learners will spend approximately one hour in online self-study before the three-hour live workshop.


The overall goal of the workshop is for participants to be able to apply results from sociocognitive and learning-science research to develop and facilitate learning in small groups and teams; to develop understanding of why small-group learning can, but isn’t always, more effective than individual learning and to consider the pros and cons of various small-group modalities within the context of a particular course.

Learning outcomes:  After completing this workshop, participants will be able to …

… design small-group-learning opportunities in courses of any size that incorporate research-informed practices at the boundary of learning science and social dynamics.

… apply best practices for the creation and maintenance of learning teams.


James Nawarskas, Pharm.D., Ph.C, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Internal Medicine

Gary A. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Continuous Professional Learning, SOM


UNM CME policy, in compliance with the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support, requires that anyone who is in a position to control the content of an activity disclose all relevant financial relationships they have had within the last 12 months with a commercial interest related to the content of this activity. 

The following planners and faculty disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest: Gary A. Smith, PhD, and James Nawarskas, Pharm.D., Ph.C.


The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Information

CME certified events are subject to registration fees. Registration and fee schedule information appears below.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email including additional workshop information and instructions regarding remitting payment, if applicable.

Registration Fees

The deadline to register for CME certified workshops is 10 business days prior to the date of the event.

Dollar Amount Class of Registrant Types of Payment Accepted


UNM/HSC Employee

Tuition remission benefit (for eligible UNM employees), credit card or personal check


Non-UNM participant

Credit card or personal check


UNM students of any level, residents, fellows, postdocs, preceptors, or volunteer faculty

Sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine Office of Education


The following categories of registrants, sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine Office of Education, may (if eligible) receive CME credit without incurring a registration fee: UNM students of any level, residents, fellows, postdocs, preceptors, or volunteer faculty. If an alternate of payment than those listed is required, please contact CPL prior to registration.

1) Payment of registration fees is due no later than five (5) business days prior to the event. Please see registration form for more information.

2) Full refunds are available to those providing written or email cancellation requests up to one week prior to the event date. Refunds less a $40 administration fee will be available to those who provide written cancellation within five (5) business days of the event date. No refunds will be provided to those who register but fail to attend, or who cancel their registration on the day of the event.

To arrange for a special session for your group, e-mail or call (505) 272-3942.

Upcoming Workshops

March 9, 2021, 1:30-3:30 pm
Register by 2/22/2021