Events

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.

All events will take place via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Register for each event using the registration link listed in the description. 

Jan
29
Fri
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual Workshop

Join us for an online vendor workshop and learn how instructors use Gradescope. The workshop will offer guidance on how to deliver assessments remotely and outline various assessment options to meet your immediate needs, including:

* Fully online assignments, no paper required
* Existing paper-based assignments
* Combining online and paper-based approaches

The workshop will also cover the grading and rubric-building workflow on Gradescope and walk attendees through both the instructor and student interface for creating and submitting assignments and viewing feedback. You will learn how to:

* Grade your existing exams and homework on Gradescope
* Make rubric changes as you grade - changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency
* Write each comment only once - apply previously used comments with a click
* Create better rubrics to increase student learning
* Use ‘assignment analytics’ to gain insight into student learning

Instructors are welcome to invite their TAs and grading staff. A recording of the session will be shared with all registrants. So please feel free to register even if you can't make it to the live session.

Register and reserve your spot directly with Gradescope.

Feb
2
Tue
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Workshop
Packback is being used in various courses across campus to help students engage in more meaningful discussions and understand the material they are learning, not just memorize it. Packback also helps improve thought-provoking discussion while saving the instructor's time. Packback is currently being used by almost 700 students at Binghamton University across multiple courses and departments including: Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management Information Systems, English, College of Community and Public Affairs, and Geology.

Why Packback?
Auto-grades students postsPlagiarism checkerAuto-moderationInstant feedback for students to enhance their academic writing skills 

Here is a 4-minute walk-through of Packback to give you a better idea of the platform's interface.

Register and reserve your spot here: https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rfuqgqToqE9QvqagYJaLQrggqNo50iYz2
Feb
19
Fri
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Workshop
Instructors must be enrolled in the TOCP to attend this session. Apply to the TOCP online. 

Participants in this session will be introduced to the expectations of TOCP, their assigned instructional designer and group, the course review and OSCQR rubric, and establish a timeline for program completion with their group. 
Feb
26
Fri
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Workshop

Online class sessions bring opportunities for active learning and student engagement through learning activities. These can take place prior to instruction, during instruction, and at the end of instruction. The type of and rationale for an activity will depend upon when in the course of instruction you choose to employ it. 

This online workshop will help familiarize you with activities that you can use in your online synchronous and Bingflex courses. Some of the activities you may use in a face-to-face class might not translate perfectly to an online setting, so we will explore how to employ strategies that you can use in your online synchronous and Bingflex courses.

Please note, this session will not focus on training participants on the use of instructional technology tools supported by the University. Please contact the University Center for Training and Development or Informational Technology Services if you require technical training on university-supported technology platforms.

Register and reserve your spot here: https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0odeCppzkoGtAHBEVZ-dDvqSwGOFxqyFgj  
Mar
1
Mon
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Virtual Workshop

Join us for a walkthrough of Gradescope's Bubble Sheet Assignment feature as an alternative to Scantron. Bubble sheet assignments allow you to pre-define the correct answers for questions on multiple-choice assignments. Gradescope can then auto-grade student responses. During the session, learn how to:

Build a flexible answer key for your multiple-choice exam, with options for custom point values and partial credit options for each question

Bulk-upload student bubble sheets to Gradescope yourself, or have students upload their own by taking a photo on their smartphone

Autograde all bubble sheets and optionally give custom feedback for each bubble option

View question and option-level statistics, tag concepts, and view statistics by tag, and view item analysis data

Use Gradescope bubble sheet assignments together with myCourses

Register and reserve your spot here.

* Instructors are welcome to invite their TAs and grading staff.

** Recording of the session will be shared with all registrants. So please feel free to register even if you can't make it to the live session.

Mar
19
Fri
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Workshop

Student engagement is an important indicator of a successful class experience. It is the students’ interactions with the content, instructor, and peers that define student engagement and their motivation to learn that drives their success in the course. 

In this session, we will identify practices that help foster student engagement in your courses. This will include new ways to convey feedback, discussion techniques, communication strategies, and group work, to name a few. We will discuss some of the barriers to engagement, and how you can best address these challenges.

Please note, this session will not focus on training participants on the use of instructional technology tools supported by the University. Please contact the University Center for Training and Development or Informational Technology Services if you require technical training on university-supported technology platforms.

Register and reserve your spot here: 

https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYld-yqqTIsGNETCOi562inp_PL45zTFkjL

Apr
9
Fri
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Workshop

Assessment plays a large role in the real transformative learning that engages students and energizes us as instructors but is often regulated to simply evaluation. Designing assessment for learning ensures that your assessments are aligned and connected with your course, as well as flexible, engaging, and inclusive. 

In this session, we will explore research-informed elements that support assessment for learning and how you can evaluate current, as well as design future, assessments that enhance student learning and measure that learning equitably. We will focus on sharing tangible examples that can be used in both online and Bingflex courses, as well as carried forward to in-person courses in the ‘new normal.’

Please note, this session will not focus on training participants on the use of instructional technology tools supported by the University. Please contact the University Center for Training and Development or Informational Technology Services if you require technical training on university-supported technology platforms.

Register and reserve your spot here: 

https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwodOCgrT4jGdTMIj5t1DXrWNMaGz9DaUDw

Apr
30
Fri
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Workshop

You can help your students both academically and in their future careers by setting up classroom experiences where they acquire knowledge, skills, and expertise and form meaningful connections with peers and instructors. Technology can be a powerful tool to reimagine these learning experiences—but only if educators understand how to harness these new capabilities in meaningful ways.

In this session, we will discuss how you can use instructional technology to increase collaboration, gather feedback, implement formative assessments, and enhance active and social learning. Special focus will be paid to instructional technologies that can be used in online and Bingflex courses. We will share examples of effective use of instructional technology and tools that instructors may use to achieve their course objectives. 

Please note, this session will not focus on training participants on the use of instructional technology tools supported by the University. Please contact the University Center for Training and Development or Informational Technology Services if you require technical training on university-supported technology platforms. 

Register and reserve your spot here: 

https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rf-qvrj8tG9YjE5fTU_qvOhauy4FRPYND

May
7
Fri
11:00am - 1:00pm
Virtual Workshop
Instructors must be enrolled in the TOCP to attend this session. Apply to the TOCP online. 

Participants in this session will discuss how to manage an online course once it is live, share ideas for online activities and assessments, and discuss experiences on the course development process with each other.
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Fall & Summer 2020 Event Content

To view video, slides, and materials from our fall or summer 2020 events, go to our Recent Events Content page.