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. They are excited to announce that with generous funding from the Educational Advancement Foundation there is now enhanced opportunity for others to join this community.
Where are we, and what can we offer you?
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 those new to inquiry based learning, we can offer some funding to help support your attendance at the national IBL workshop for new users to be held at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, June 23 - 26, 2014 , in addition to funding for follow-up activities in the region. For both novice and more experienced users we have funding for a workshop on Friday October 10, just before the Fall MAA Seaway Section Meeting, in Alfred, NY, including the possibility of travel support. Stan Yoshinubu (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) an expert in the use of IBL, will be at these workshops.
There are currently IBL practitioners at the following institutions in the greater upstate New York region:
We invite you to join our consortium!We have the capacity to help those in upstate New York and nearby regions with funding at various levels.
1) Novice practitioner, planning to teach an IBL course in Fall 2014:
We can offer support for a limited number of novice practitioners. If your application to the consortium is accepted, we can offer you:
- Travel support (for costs up to $350 for airfare/car) to attend the national IBL workshop at Kenyon College in Ohio. Refunds are contingent on your subsequent attendance of the follow-up meeting at the Fall MAA Seaway conference at Alfred University in October (see below), and will not be processed until after that conference. Note that participants must independently apply to the IBL Workshop at Kenyon College. This MAA Prep workshop will cover the costs of room and board after payment of the registration fee, ($325 early, $400 late). Please let us know if the registration fee is a problem for you; depending on total travel costs requested from us by participants we may be able to defray some of these registration fees. Note that the PREP workshop has its own set of discretionary travel funds, (over and above the room and board) which anyone can apply for. Note however that under no circumstances will any participant receive travel funds from both our group and the PREP workshop. Those interested are encouraged to apply soon, as the applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Last year, they filled up by mid-April.
- Funding to support your participation in the MAA Seaway meeting at Alfred University, October 10-11, 2014, and our workshop just before it at which we will discuss what is currently happening in our classes. We can offer up to $400 of support for 1 night lodging, 2 days of meals, transportation, and registration. Participants are expected to arrive by noon Friday and attend our special Friday afternoon sessions, as well as stay through Saturday afternoon for other talks and discussions.
- A mentor from the Upstate New York area, to discuss your first IBL course as-it-happens. We have funds for you to visit one of your mentorís classes, and for your mentor to visit one of your classes (up to $300 per trip for 1 night lodging, 2 days of meals, and transportation).
To apply to the consortium, fill out this application form. Priority will be given to applications submitted by March 23th, 2014, but will be continued to be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.
2) Intermediate practitioners
For practitioners who do not yet consider themselves experts but are too experienced to be considered novices, we would be happy to have you participate in our Fall MAA workshop. We can offer:
- Support to participate at the MAA Seaway meeting at Alfred University in October, and our workshop just before it at which we will discuss what is currently happening in our classes. We offer up to $400 of support for 1 night lodging, 2 day meals, transportation, and registration. Participants are expected to arrive by noon Friday and attend our special Friday afternoon sessions, as well as stay through Saturday afternoon for other talks and discussions. Intermediate practitioners are encouraged to give a talk on Saturday about their experiences with IBL, and priority will be given to applicants who do so.
If you are interested, please send an e-mail with your background and aims to UNY.IBL@gmail.com , with your CV attached.
3) Experienced practitioners
Finally, for the experienced IBL practitioners in our region, we can offer:
- Support to participate at the MAA Seaway meeting at Alfred University in October, and the workshop just before it. We have funding to bring several experienced practitioners to our meeting preceding the MAA Seaway section meeting. Priority will be given to applicants who are successful IBL mentors or authors of course notes published in the JIBLM. We can offer support of up to $550 to arrive Thursday night, attend a mentorís breakfast Friday morning (funded separately), join activities with new practitioners Friday afternoon, and stay through Saturday afternoon for other talks and discussions. Experienced practitioners are also expected to give a talk about an aspect of IBL on Saturday.
- Support to mentor one of our accepted novice practitioners (see 1 above). Priority will be given to those who are currently mentoring one of our novice practitioners.
If you are interested, please send an e-mail with your background and aims to UNY.IBL@gmail.com , with your CV attached
For questions or more information, please send e-mail to UNY.IBL@gmail.com .
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