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.
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.
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.
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.
Partners in Access: How the Services for Students with Disabilities Office Supports Instructors
Friday, October 25, noon - 1:30 p.m.,Learning Studio (LN -1324C)
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.
Texas Well-being: Promoting Well-being in UT Learning Environments
Wednesday, November 6, noon - 1p.m., Old Union Hall
Project Coordinator, Well-Being in Learning Environments
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Woodruff will discuss the University of Texas at Austin Counseling Mental Health Center's initiative to build collaborative relationships with faculty to support student mental health in classrooms and other learning environments. She will describe how UT faculty have begun to create a learning community that decreases stressors, improves learning, builds student resilience, and helps students use specific wellness strategies and resources. She will also share specific strategies utilized by faculty members in addition to discussing considerations for working with faculty, overcoming obstacles, and building a network of relationships.
Join the CLT and B-Healthy as we explore this important aspect of mental well-being in the collegiate setting. Learn about Binghamton University's progress toward becoming a healthier campus at the fourth annual Healthy Campus Summit sponsored by B-Healthy. Dr. Woodruff will follow the keynote with another optional session at 1:20 p.m. entitled: Conditions for Well-being: Simple Techniques that Support Mental Health in any Context. Come for one session or stay as your schedule allows. A full listing of events is available on the B-Healthy website.
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.
How to Recognize and Respond to Students of Concern
Friday, November 15, 11 - 12:15 p.m.,Learning Studio (LN -1324C)
The Dean of Students Office is offering a new program, "Recognizing and Responding to Students of Concern" to faculty and staff. Join the CLT and Dara Raboy for training that aims to help you identify when a student is struggling mentally, using a continuum from distressed through being dangerous. It will also address how to provide support and referral to the appropriate resources. For more information, contact Dara Raboy firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.