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.

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.


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.

Moving Beyond the Cookbook Lab: Key Ingredients for Designing Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)

Monday, March 26, 11:00 a.m., - 2:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN1324)

The TAE in Health Sciences, Biological Sciences Department and Center for Learning and Teaching invite you to join Dr. Jessamina Blum for workshops on authentic research experiences for undergraduates of any level and major!

Introduction to  CUREs - 11 a.m. to Noon at the Learning Studio (LN1324C)

  • How are CUREs different than other laboratory experiences?
  • Overview of research on CUREs and findings of benefits for students

Event Recording

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CURE Design - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Learning Studio (LN1324C)

  • Guided activities to begin the process of designing CUREs for your course.

Dr. Jessamina Blum is an education specialist in the department of Biology Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota. In this role, Jess designs research experiences for the non-biology major courses offered through the department. She also engages in educational research on the contribution of different CURE components to overall learning gains made by students.

Support for Community Engaged Learning & Teaching at Binghamton University

Friday, April 13, noon - 1:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN1324)

What is community-engaged learning and how do I incorporate it into my courses? What support is available on campus to assist with this process? This session is for faculty and staff looking to develop or refine a community-based course in any discipline. Participants will meet staff from the Center for Civic Engagement and the Center for Learning and Teaching. They will learn about a continuum of services provided by each office to assist with designing community-engaged courses, collaborating with community partners, and preparing students for engagement. Faculty experienced with community-engaged teaching will share their experiences. Information on teaching enrichment grants and course designations will also be available. Refreshments provided.

Student Well-Being

Friday, April 20, noon - 1:30 p.m., Learning Studio (LN1324)

Mindfulness, stress relief, and happiness, are not usually the concerns teachers spend a lot of time considering when they prepare their curriculum and class time. Teachers are often bogged down with course content, how to teach it, grading, research or “just getting it done.” There is an abundance of research that shows students perform better and are more engaged if they are mindful, experience a feeling of happiness and enjoyment, and know how to manage their stress levels.

Join a group of interested faculty and staff for an informal discussion about these issues and any other related issues you might have. Hear from a small group who has been practicing incorporating “small” well-being techniques in their classrooms or programs to help students become aware of the importance of experiencing their life beyond grades, finding jobs, and “just getting it done”. Through the process you too can benefit from learning some of these techniques and incorporating them into your life!

Please join the CLT from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20th at the Learning Studio (LN1324).  Lunch will be provided. Register online by Wednesday, April 18. 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.

Event Recording available on the Student Voices page.