Greater Upstate New York Inquiry-Based Learning Consortium

For several years a small group of professors in upstate New York have been meeting informally to share their enthusiasms, frustrations and triumphs related to the use of inquiry based learning in their mathematics classes. We are excited to announce that with generous funding from the Educational Advancement Foundation we are building this community in new and profound ways. Keep reading to find out what's going on and see how you can get involved!

Where are we? What can we offer you?

We are all over the place! There are currently IBL practitioners at the following institutions in the greater upstate New York region:

Specifically, the consortium offers support and mentoring for those new to inquiry based learning and a supportive network for exchange of ideas for both novice and experienced users. For example, for both novice and more experienced users we have funding for a workshop on Friday October 10, 2014, just before the Fall MAA Seaway Section Meeting, in Alfred, NY, including the possibility of travel support. Carol Schumacher (Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio) an expert in the use of IBL, will be at these workshops and will deliver the Randolph Lecture at the Meeting.


What is going on in the consortium?

Grant update

With the end of summer approaching, the Greater Upstate NY IBL consortium is nearing the end of our first period of grant activity. We have significantly broadened our network with nine new mentor-mentee pairings, most of which attended a national summer workshop at either Kenyon College in Ohio or Mathfest in Oregon. With so many of us now writing our own course notes, we are planning a discussion session on the topic at our meeting preceding the MAA Seaway section meeting at Alfred University on October 10th.

We are also in the process of looking for funding sources to continue our activities past the first year. The Educational Advancement Foundation has generously supported our activities in the first year, 2014-15, and has offered partial support in future years. We welcome ideas for support, on the order of $20,000 annually for 2015-16 and 2016-17. We also welcome ideas for broadening our activities.

Patrick Rault, Associate Professor of Mathematics at SUNY Geneseo


Call for abstracts: Special Session on IBL at MAA Seaway

At Alfred University on October 10th, from 1:30 to 4pm, we will be holding a Special Session on IBL. If you are interested in speaking, please e-mail a title and abstract to . We still have some limited travel funding available, so please write to us if you are interested in speaking.

In addition, we are hosting a number of other special IBL events at the upcoming MAA Seaway conference at Alfred University, October 9-10. On Friday October 9th we will hold a series of discussions for beginning practitioners and their mentors from noon to 5pm (before the MAA conference begins). These discussions provide a unique opportunity for a midsemester discussion of IBL, immediately following the national summer workshop. During the conference opening banquet on the evening of October 9th, we will continue our discussions at reserved tables. On the morning of October 10th, nationally renowned IBL practitioner Carol Schumacher from Kenyon College, Ohio, will give the Randolph Lecture. In the afternoon, we will hold the aforementioned special session on IBL.

Patrick Rault, Associate Professor of Mathematics at SUNY Geneseo
Ryan Gantner, Associate Professor at Saint John Fisher College and Chair Elect of MAA Seaway Section


Calendar of Events


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