The Institute for Student-Centered Learning (ISCL) is a program of the Center for Learning and Teaching at Binghamton University. It brings an awareness of innovative teaching approaches to an ever-broadening network of faculty. In this model for learning, students take a greater role in their own education, as faculty function more as guides to self-directed learning than as instructors. The education of undergraduate students shifts from exclusive reliance on lecture and toward the facilitation of active learning.
Research finds that these approaches are not only efficient, but replicable. It can make courses stand out and become an experience that students will remember as highlights of their time at college. The Institute can help you raise your students to higher levels, making your instructional work more satisfying, both for yourself and for them.
Do research and teaching occupy separate worlds at a premier university? At Binghamton University, we seek to connect elements that others may think are separate. How, then, can you as a scholar-teacher enrich your teaching with your cutting-edge research? How can you advance your research with lessons and projects you and your students explore in the classroom? And how might the scholarship of teaching and learning help make that happen?
The 15th spring conference of the Institute for Student-Centered Learning explored these and other questions over a day and a half, May 21-22, 2013. See video of introductory remarks and an overview of the conference by Wayne Jones here.
Tom O'Brien, professor in Binghamton University's Graduate School of Education, presented a stimulating keynote titled "Teaching as Research." The slides from his presentation are available here (pdf 14.5 mb). Video of his presentation and other segments of the conference is available here, as well.
ISCL has an e-mail list which sends announcements of upcoming events (usually only two or three messages per month). If you would like to subscribe, send an e-mail, using the account you'd like to add, to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the e-mail, enter Subscribe ISCL-L yourfirstname yourlastname (for example Subscribe ISCL-L Benjamin Bloom). There should be no other text or any automated signature in the e-mail body.
Last Updated: 8/5/13