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Center for Learning and Teaching


Spring 2018 Event Registration FormThe 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.

Scholarly Teaching: Collecting Data to Monitor and Improve Teaching

Friday, February 2, noon - 1:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN1324)

Are your students learning what you want them to learn?  How do you know? Join us for this workshop to learn how to take a scholarly approach to your teaching in order to evaluate teaching effectiveness and maximize student learning.

By the end of this session, participants will

  • Be familiar with various sources of evidence to measure student learning and/or teaching effectiveness;

  • Identify available metrics appropriate for their classes; and

  • Develop an evaluation plan for an existing course.


Creating Rubrics for Writing

Monday, February 12, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Learning Studio (LN1324)

Co-sponsored by the The Writing Initiative.

Writing assignment rubrics can be a great help to faculty and students. Producing them helps faculty clarify expectations, respond efficiently and effectively to drafts, and grade with confidence. Rubrics help students understand assignment goals and expectations. In this workshop, we’ll review examples of analytic, holistic and single point rubrics. We’ll discuss how and when to use them, and start the process of creating a rubric. If you have an assignment in mind, feel free to bring them and use it as the basis for our work together.

Register online by Wednesday, February 7. You will need to log into BMail.

Effective Group Work

Friday, March 9, noon - 1:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN1324)

When designed, supervised, and assessed properly, group assignments can have many benefits for students, such as increased learning, improved communication skills, and exposure to diverse ideas. Join us to learn how to successfully implement group work in your classes, whether you have thirty or three hundred students.

Lunch will be provided. Register online by Tuesday, March 6. You will need to log into BMail.

Debate Across the Curriculum

Wednesday, March 14, noon - 1:30 p.m., Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center (LN1302C)

Co-Sponsored by the Binghamton Speech and Debate Team.

Regardless of the discipline, debate can serve as an innovative way to run class discussion, review course material, teach students how to work in groups, and help students become better at articulating their thoughts. This workshop will review ways to integrate several different styles of debate activities both for courses geared to the “O” gen-ed as well as for instructors who teach a general curriculum but are looking for new ways to get students involved. Instructors will learn how to efficiently manage course time so that, regardless if you’re planning a whole unit or just want to do an activity for a day, you can maximize the benefits of debate without detracting from already existing lesson plans. Ultimately, this workshop will provide tools on how to integrate debate into your classroom teaching as a supplemental strategy to engage students and assist them in learning through a hands-on process.

About the Instructor: Joe Leeson-Schatz has been running Binghamton University’s debate program since 2001. It has consistently been ranked within the top ten best overall debate programs in the nation for over a decade, and was ranked 1st in 2008. He was given the Brownlee Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cross-Examination Debate Association in 2016 for his service to the debate community and his academic achievements in publication. He has run workshops for other debate coaches as well as at elementary and high schools to help get students of all ages active in learning to express themselves.

Lunch will be provided. Register online by Thursday, March 8. You will need to log into BMail.

Student Panel

Friday, April 27, noon - 1:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN1324)

Join the Center for Learning and Teaching for a panel presentation of a diverse cross-section of current Binghamton University students. They will provide their feedback and insights on such topics as: the use of technology in teaching and learning, class size, study habits, and insights on how to be more engaging. Please join us to hear their ideas, successes and questions about learning at Binghamton University. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel.

Lunch will be provided. Register online by Tuesday, April  24. You will need to log into BMail.

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Last Updated: 2/6/18