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 technical training. Expert speakers help bring the latest pedagogical developments to Binghamton from the larger community of higher education.
Friday, February 1, 2019 from noon to 1 p.m. - Learn more about the Digital Humanities
In May 2019, Binghamton will hold its first Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI), an intensive four-day bootcamp style workshop that is designed for Binghamton University faculty and advanced graduate students who are interested in or curious about the digital humanities, but have little or no prior experience with DH methodologies and approaches. The institute will include seminar-type sessions oriented around critical discussion and hands-on workshops that will introduce the software and tools that are key to digital humanities practices. Sessions will treat topics such as data visualization, text analysis, digital mapping and new platforms for the digital presentation of research.
The DHRI is currently accepting applications.
For more information, visit the DHRI website.
To learn more about the upcoming DHRI and to hear from a panel of fellow faculty members and graduate students about their current work in digital humanities, attend an information session, hosted by the Center for Learning and Teaching, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, February 1 in the Learning Studio (LN1324). Lunch will be provided.
Friday, February 8 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, February 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Piazza Demo: The incredibly easy, completely
free Q&A platform
Integrated into myCourses, Piazza is an online collaboration platform that improves learning outcomes and boosts participation among students—particularly women and underrepresented minorities. Piazza facilitates interaction among students and instructors in an efficient and intuitive manner, helping students who are stuck on homework problems work through them with the help of their classmates, TAs, and professors. Used by over 2 million students and 50,000 faculty in 90 countries, Piazza has grown to be the predominant social learning platform.
- Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Asset-Based and Reciprocal Teaching, Learning,
and Research through Community-Engagement
Academic service-learning and community-engaged learning are well-established high-impact community-based educational practices. Join CCE and the CLT 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in the Learning Studio, LN-1324 for a basic introduction to designing or modifying an experiential learning course and syllabus, including: creating meaningful and reciprocal community partnerships using an asset-based approach; linking course objectives with community-learning outcomes; developing structured and effective reflection; and establishing community-based research and scholarship opportunities. 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, and review additional CCE Faculty Academic Support Initiatives.
- Wednesday, February 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. - Overview of the KOR Studios with Lightboard
The two Koenig Online Recording Studios (KOR Studios) exist as a location for students and faculty to create online video projects in the Panopto video system. Containing professional grade lighting, backgrounds, camera, and audio equipment, the KOR Studios allow faculty to create video content for their courses and students to create online videos for their class projects. Installed in December 2018, the new lightboard is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light. Using for recording video lecture topics, users face toward viewers, and writing glows in front of them. Bill Kazmierczak, director of calculus, will discuss his use the new lightboard technology to create online lecture videos for his Winter 2019 Integral Calculus course.
- Friday, March 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Enhance VR Demo: New reality technology in
the classroom or new distraction for students?
Virtual reality and augmented reality has seen massive growth in consumer applications in the last few years, but how well are they being incorporated into the classroom? While considered the ultimate, visual engagement technology, could these technologies just be a new distraction for students? Matt Gill, Master's student in Electrical Engineering at Binghamton University, will be showcasing virtual reality technology he's been working on through his company Enhance-VR. Their system, PEL, is targeted to revolutionize the classroom by engaging students and teachers in what he describes as "Magic School Bus level experiences". There will be live demonstrations and discussions on new reality technologies.
Join the Enhance VR and the CLT from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in the Learning Studio (LN1324). Lunch will be provided. Register online (http://bit.ly/cltspring2019) by Tuesday, February 26. You will need to log into BMail.
- Friday, March 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Hypothesis Demo: Annotate the web, with
The Hypothesis Project is a new effort to implement an old idea - a conversation layer over the entire web that works everywhere, without needing implementation by any underlying site. Using annotation, Hypothesis enables sentence-level note taking or critique on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more. Whether web literacy or digital citizenship is a focus of your curriculum, or you are simply teaching a traditional text like a poem or article that just happens to be online, you and your students can use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate course readings and other internet resources.
Join Hypothesis and the CLT from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29 in the Learning Studio (LN1324). Lunch will be provided. Register online (http://bit.ly/cltspring2019) by Tuesday, March 26. You will need to log into BMail.
- Thursday April 4 from 8:30 - 10 a.m & Friday, April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -
LMS Pilot Faculty & Student Panel
The myCourses Users Group and the Center for Learning and Teaching are evaluating the current Learning Management System (LMS) landscape. Binghamton University has been using Blackboard as our LMS since 2000. As needs and tools change over time, it is important to continually evaluate them to ensure they are still meeting the needs of our students and instructors
Join the Center for Learning and Teaching 8:30 - 10:00 a.m Thursday, April 4 in UU324 OR 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Friday, April 5 in the Learning Studio, LN-1324 for a panel presentation from faculty and students participating in the LMS Pilot this spring semester. Panel participants will share their experiences with the three products that are being piloted as alternatives to myCourses/Blackboard Learn. LMS Pilot committee members will also be present to answer questions about the pilot process.
Register online (http://bit.ly/cltspring2019) by Tuesday, April 2. You will need to log into BMail. Lunch will be provided.
- Friday, April 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. - Student Panel: What Students are Saying
About Technology in Education
Join the Center for Learning and Teaching for a panel presentation consisting of current Binghamton University students representing a cross-section of the student body. They will discuss the role of technology in higher education. Come hear students share their expectations for the use of technology in and out of the classroom and the direction they would like to see educational technology take in the future.Join the CLT from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in the Learning Studio (LN1324). Lunch will be provided. Register online (http://bit.ly/cltspring2019) by Tuesday, April 9. You will need to log into BMail.
- Friday, May 10 from noon - 1:30 - LMS Pilot: Blackboard Ultra Demo
The myCourses Users Group and the Center for Learning and Teaching are evaluating the current Learning Management System (LMS) landscape. Binghamton University has been using Blackboard as our LMS since 2000. As needs and tools change over time, it is important to continually evaluate them to ensure they are still meeting the needs of our students and instructors.
Join Blackboard representatives noon - 1:30 p.m, Friday, May 10 in the Learning Studio (LN1324) to take a look at the latest updated Blackboard Ultra – see the personalized interface, redesigned essential workflows, crafted into an efficient, intuitive experience. Representatives will highlight some of the more common tasks and requirements for both faculty and students within the LMS, including managing due dates and calendar events, creating content, submitting assessments, grading, and reviewing performance analytics. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.
Register online (http://bit.ly/cltspring2019) by Wednesday, May 8. You will need to log into BMail. Refreshments will be provided.