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.


Getting Started with iClicker Cloud 

Tuesday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Learning Studio (LN -1324C)

Join us for an informational session on using the new campus supported iClicker Cloud (formerly Reef Instructor) software. iClicker Cloud is an in-class polling platform that allows students to participate using mobile devices, laptops, and iClicker remotes. Instructors can run the polls from any computer connected to the Internet. Track attendance using GPS technology, ask target (heat map) questions, administer quizzes, and analyze student performance using a web browser. 

During this session, a representative from iClicker will provide a short demonstration of the software. Then, staff from ITS and the CLT will be on hand to assist you in setting up your courses for the fall semester. Laptops are required for course set-up. 

Register online ( You will need to log into BMail. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch.

CCE - Establishing Community-Based Learning, Teaching, and Research Opportunities

Friday, September 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,Learning Studio (LN -1324C)

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offers programs, events and resources for faculty/instructors interested in developing and sustaining high-impact community-based learning, teaching and research across all disciplines. This workshop will review best practices for establishing meaningful and reciprocal community partnerships and walk through a step-by-step process for setting course and research project goals and objectives, while developing measurable and assessable outcomes. In addition, guidance for designating community-based learning courses through the Banner registration system, and a review of CCE Faculty Academic Support Initiatives (e.g., Fellows Program and Teaching Grants) will be discussed.

Register online ( by Wednesday, September 4. You will need to log into BMail. Light refreshments will be provided.

What’s New in myCourses?

Friday, September 13, noon. - 1:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN-1324C)

myCourses was upgraded over the Memorial Day Weekend to a newer version with additional feature enhancements. Tami Regulski, Blackboard Support Specialist for Information Technology Services, will share some of these features, such as attendance, achievements, improved mobile experience, enhancements to the Instructor app to allow for mobile grading, and cloud storage integration. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Register online ( by Wednesday, September 11. You will need to log into BMail. Lunch will be provided.

Active Learning and Collaboration with Wolfvision vSolution Matrix

Friday, October 4, noon. - 1:30 p.m.,Learning Studio (LN -1324C)

Join Marta Scoppa from WolfVision for an interactive workshop presenting vSolution Matrix and a conversation about the evolving technologies in today’s classrooms. vSolution Matrix in an AV over IP-based approach to active learning and collaboration. WolfVision’s award-winning solution ensures an intuitive and easy-to-use collaborative working environment for all users. Simple to use drag and drop interface enables presenters and students to create, share and control content on any screens.

Register online ( by Wednesday, October 2. You will need to log into BMail. Lunch will be provided.

Debate Across the Curriculum

Friday, November 8, noon - 1:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN -1324C)

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 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 and the George ZiegelmuEller Award by the National Debate Tournament in 2019 for his service to the debate community and his academic achievements in publication. He is one of only three people to receive both awards in the national debate community.

Register online ( by Wednesday, November 6. You will need to log into BMail. Lunch will be provided.

CCE - Reflection as the Foundation of Effective Community-Based Learning and Engagement

Friday, November 15, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.,Learning Studio (LN -1324C)

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 and linking course objectives with community-learning outcomes. A specific focus will be on the importance of developing structured and effective reflection and building a set of rubrics and assessment strategies for measuring the impacts of student-community engagement.  In addition, the workshop will review designating community-based learning courses through the Banner registration system, and CCE Faculty Academic Support Initiatives (e.g., Fellows Program and Teaching Grants).

Register online ( by Wednesday, November 13. You will need to log into BMail. Light refreshments will be provided.

SUNY OER Services and Lumen Learning

Friday, November 22, 2 - 5 p.m., Learning Studio (LN -1324C)

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. 

This session will provide an initial overview of what OERs are and examples of how faculty in are combining OERs with analytics‐based technology platforms, such as Waymaker, as means to reduce the cost of education while also helping their students succeed academically.

Registration link forthcoming. Light refreshments will be provided.