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IBL Workshops 2016

IBL 2016 Workshop Dates

Workshop #1 June 21 to June 24, 2016*

Workshop #2 June 28 to July 1, 2016*

Applications for both workshops are now closed. Thank you for your interest. 

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for the 2016 Summer Workshops, please email Madison Parker at

Please check back later for Summer 2017 workshops. If you turned in an application for Summer 2016, you should have received information regarding your status. Please contact Madison Parker with questions.

Please contact us if you would like to be emailed when registration opens for future workshops.


Workshops will be Tuesday through Friday, roughly 8:30-5:00 each day. 

Lodging Info • Workshop Structure

Mathematics departments across the country face challenges helping their students move beyond the procedural learning that typically dominates their pre-collegiate math experiences. Inquiry-based learning has proven to be an excellent tool to address some of the shortcomings in the mathematical education of students. The IBL Workshop focuses on supporting college math instructors to implement IBL methods.

These PRODUCT IBL Workshops are practical, hands-on, and interactive workshops for college math instructors interested in teaching via IBL or hybrid IBL. The focus of the workshops is on developing the skills and practice necessary for successful implementation of IBL. 

Participants will learn new skills from experienced IBL instructors, reflect on current teaching practices and prepare to teach their own IBL math course, during the next academic year.

Enjoy this chance to work with colleagues who have similar interests and enjoy beautiful San Luis Obispo, CA!

*Eligibility: Math Faculty of all ranks employed at colleges and universities with undergraduate programs are eligible to apply. Graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors are especially encouraged to apply.

Please see below the answers to some frequently asked questions about the workshops. If you have any further questions or need clarification, please contact Madison Parker, AIBL Administrative Coordinator.


Workshop FAQ 


Where is the workshop?


San Luis Obispo, CA

Cal Poly State University

Located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Cal Poly is a beautiful place to enjoy a summer conference.

San Luis Obispo airport code is SBP.

The IBL workshop is a residential workshop! Getting away from your daily routine, working with like-minded colleagues and focusing on your teaching is a great way to make your first or next step in IBL teaching!

Early career faculty, (defined as graduate students, post docs and assistant professors) are eligible to apply for travel scholarships (up to $500). 



What is included?


The PRODUCT workshops (via NSF funds) provide:

  • Lodging in our Poly Canyon Village apartments
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on workshop days.
  • Transfers between the airport and Poly Canyon Village upon arrival and departure




What do I pay for?

Participants are responsible for some costs including:

  • Airfare or other travel arrangements to and from San Luis Obispo
  • Airport transfers
  • Per diem and incidentals on travel days.

Early career faculty are eligible for travel scholarships (up to $500) to help offset the costs of getting to the workshop.


Where will I stay?

  • The IBL workshop (with NSF funds) provides lodging and meals on workshop days.
  • Participants will reside in the on campus apartments at Poly Canyon Village, Cal Poly
    • Workshop 1: Check in-June 20, Check out-June 25
    • Workshop 2: Check in-June 27, Check out-July 2
  • Poly Canyon Apartments come with bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen (not stocked).
  • Apartments will include a pillow, sheets, a light blanket, and a towel. Toiletries are not provided.
  • Additional amenities include wifi access, gyms, hiking trails, recreation room, proximity to downtown SLO.
  • Please contact Madison Parker for assistance with logistics and planning.



Can I bring my family?

San Luis Obispo is a wonderful place to bring a family to visit! If you are interested in bringing your family, please contact Madison Parker to discuss arrangements. Additional fees will be required to pay for the family's lodging and meals.



What should I expect from this workshop?

Structure of the workshop:

8:30AM-5PM, 4 days

Mornings are devoted to video lesson study, discussions of relevant articles from the Math Education literature, and nuts and bolts issues of managing an IBL course.

Afternoons are primarily set aside for attendees to develop one or possibly two target courses. Attendees are especially encouraged to select a course they will focus on at the workshop that they will teach the following academic year. Developing and implementing course materials will be the main focus of afternoon sessions.

Follow-up Support: After the workshop, a comprehensive support system via workshop staff and The Academy of Inquiry Based Learning (AIBL) is available to all workshop attendees. A yearlong mentoring program will be established for the participants of the workshops.  Further support is available for participants during and after the yearlong mentoring program via AIBL, including conferences, additional mentoring, small grants, and a vibrant community of IBL practitioners.


Target IBL Courses:

Attendees of the IBL workshop are highly encouraged to select a target course that they will teach in the academic year following the workshop. Course materials sessions allow attendees an opportunity to develop materials specific to their teaching style and institutional environment. While any course is suitable for IBL teaching methods, attendees are encouraged to select an upper-division math course (if possible), because it is easier to implement IBL at this level.

With that note aside, attendees are welcome to focus on courses such as Pre-Calculus courses, Calculus, Math for Liberal Arts, Math for Secondary or Elementary Teaching, Statistics, and second year Calculus Courses (DiffEq, Linear Algebra).


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