The Center for Learning and Teaching offers seminars, workshops and expert speakers throughout the year. These events and programs are intended to help anyone who teaches at Binghamton University be as effective as possible so that students achieve learning that lasts. Seminars may feature a presentation with discussion, a panel of BU faculty sharing teaching insights, or other discussion-oriented formats. Workshops include hands-on learning opportunities such as a technology training. Expert speakers help bring the latest pedagogical developments to Binghamton from the larger community of higher education.
Wednesday, August 29 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. - Center for Civic Engagement Faculty Academic Support Initiatives
Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement
The CCE offers programs, events and resources for faculty interested in developing and sustaining high-impact community-based learning and research across all disciplines. This workshop reviews the application process for two CCE Faculty Academic Support Initiatives: 1) The Community Engaged Teaching Fellows Program, wherein a select group of faculty receive a stipend and actively participate in sessions that explore best practices on how academic service-learning courses and community-based scholarship can support their professional teaching and scholarship; and 2) Community Engagement Faculty Teaching Grants, a program that provides instructors teaching academic service-learning/community-engaged courses with funding (up to $500) to support project-related expenses that enrich student-community engagement.
Friday, September 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Ideas for Teaching in a Learning Studio Classroom Panel
The first Learning Studio at Binghamton University opened its doors in the Fall of 2014. Since then, three more have been built and over 100 faculty across all colleges have taught in the spaces. These enhanced classroom spaces include a variety of technology, furniture options, and writable wall surfaces. Hear from a panel of instructors who have used a learning studio to engage their students and promote an active and collaborative classroom. Before you leave, attendees are encouraged to complete the Instructor Classroom Request Form to request a learning studio for the spring semester.
Friday, September 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Managing Difficult Classroom Situations and Students in Crisis
Sometimes students present behavioral challenges that may require intervention. Representatives from the University Police, Dean of Students, and Ombudsman will share with you methods of identifying students in crisis and give you the information you need to deal with the student or refer him to campus resources. Please provide questions that you have in the comments section of the registration form so we can address those specific situations.
Wednesday, October 17 from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Pronouns, Dignity, Respect, Affirmation
October 17, 2018 is the first International Pronouns Day. It symbolizes the long-standing movement to provide basic human dignity to transgender and gender expansive populations around the world. SUNY welcomes this first observance with a live webinar. Courtney D'Allaird, founding director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at UAlbany will provide an overview of the contextual history, language, and inclusive practices that empower trans and gender expansive communities. Following the webinar, Dr. Kelly Clark, founding director of the Q Center here at Binghamton will review the Pronouns and Chosen Name syllabus statement that was released this year and provide a brief explanation of how to create a gender affirming classroom.
Friday, October 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.- Designing and Designating a Community-Based Learning Course
Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement.
Academic service-learning and community-engaged learning are well-established high-impact community-based educational practices. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to designing or modifying your own experiential learning course and syllabus, including: establishing meaningful and reciprocal community partnerships; linking course objectives with community-learning outcomes; developing structured and effective reflection; and building a set of rubrics and assessment strategies for measuring the impacts of student-community engagement. The workshop will also walk through step-by-step the application and review process for having a course designated in the Banner registration system as a credit-bearing community-based learning course.
Wednesday, October 24 from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. - Ways to Incorporate Video into Your Teaching
The use of video in and outside of the classroom can be a powerful tool to engage students. Just like other forms of content, it is important to consider what you hope your students will learn from the videos and how you know they have done so. In this workshop, we will discuss several methods of incorporating video into your teaching as well as components to keep in mind to maximize student engagement.
Friday, November 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Designing Effective Writing Assignments
In this workshop, we'll look at research based characteristics of effective assignments. Effective assignments offer students clear expectations, a meaningful disciplinary problem to solve, and opportunities to interact with classmates or teachers in ways that help them clarify thought and expression. These approaches also benefit instructors - well designed assignments are learner centered and can improve efficiency in your management of grading and response. We will look at how to design the assignment and compose assignment material in ways that help you read more of the work you would like to read.
Friday, November 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Partners in Access: How the Services for Students with Disabilities Office Supports Instructors
Students with disabilities, like all students, bring a unique set of strengths and experiences to Binghamton. Access for these students means more than the removal of barriers and the provision of auxiliary services. Reasonable accommodations must also be made in the instructional process to ensure a full educational opportunity. This principle applies to all teaching strategies and modes. In fulfilling accommodation needs, the SSD office works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students. Come hear from SSD staff as they discuss changing demographics of this population on campus, best practices for teaching students with disabilities, the legal guidelines, policies, and entitlements that impact individuals with disabilities in the university setting.
Friday, December 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Teaching GIFTS
Great Ideas For Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) is a lively and fun workshop that provides faculty with innovative teaching tools to increase student engagement and retention. Designed by the people who know our students best - our own Binghamton faculty - these teaching strategies can be used and adapted to any discipline for immediate use in your classrooms.