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 or instructors interested in IBL at the following institutions in the greater upstate New York region:
Specifically, the consortium offers
- Support for your IBL experience. We have dinner meetings and e-mail conversations to discuss all aspects of teaching IBL: planning, initial implementation, daily workings of the classroom, grading, and the writing of course notes.
- Mentoring for those who would like a personal connection to another IBL practitioner. This allows for a supportive network for exchange of ideas for both novice and experienced users.
- Workshops to help develop IBL skills and practices. These are usually aligned with the MAA Seaway meetings.
- Open classrooms of IBL practitioners in the area so that you can visit an IBL class of one or more professors in the area. Visiting classrooms is one of the most enriching experiences that can be done, regardless of your experience or comfort level with IBL.
- Funding to do many of the activities listed above. Mentors and mentees can get funding to visit each other's classes if distance is prohibitive. There is also support to attend the workshop at the Seaway Section meeting. Other types of funding is available; please ask!
What is going on in the consortium?
Art and IBL
On Thursday, January 12, 2017, those interested can meet a group of us at 4:00pm at the Memorial Art Gallery at 500 University Ave., Rochester to view their exhibit M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion. Afterwards we'll go to Salena's Mexican Restaurant for dinner and IBL discussion. The restaurant is only about a block away and there is plenty of free parking there. Contact Ryan Gantner at email@example.com if you're interested so we know to look for you.
The Academy of Inquiry Based Learning is hosting three IBL workshops in summer 2017. One of them will be at Nazareth College here in NY, July 18 - 21, 2017. For more information, click on the links above.
Another IBL Consortium formed!
Following in our footsteps, we'd like to announce the formation of the MD-DC-VA IBL Consortium. They're running a bunch of IBL events at their MAA Section meetings and it looks like IBL is beginning to take off in their region. Congrats and good luck!
Call for mentoring
We will be in a position to have several mentoring relationships throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. If you'd like to teach an IBL course for the first time (or nth time for very small n) and would like to engaged in regular conversations with someone with more IBL experience, an IBL mentor is a great idea. We have several people in the region who can help, depending on the topic of the course and the geographical area in which you are located. Mentoring involves a regular exchange of ideas and usually involves visiting classrooms as well. To find out more or request a mentor send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of Events
For questions or more information, please send e-mail to UNY.IBL@gmail.com .
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