Greater UPSTATE NEW YORK ibl Consortium

For the past several years, a group of professors in upstate New York have been meeting to share experiences related to the use of Inquiry Based Learning in their mathematics classes.  Together with funding from the Educational Advancement Foundation and the Initiative for Mathematics Learning by Inquiry, they have built upon this community in new and profound ways. They invite you to see what is happening in their area, and how you may join in and get involved!

Consortium Goals:

  • Support for your IBL experience.  There are gatherings such as dinner meetings, or e-mail conversations to discuss all aspects of teaching IBL: planning, initial implementation, daily workings of the classroom, and writing of course notes.
  • Mentoring for those who want a personal connection to another IBL practitioner.  This allows for a supportive network to exchange ideas between the more experienced and novice users.
  • Workshops to help develop IBL skills and practices.  These workshops are usually aligned with the MAA Seaway Meetings.
  • Open Classrooms of IBL practitioners in our area.  The aspect of classroom visitation can be very enriching, regardless of personal experience or comfort level with IBL. We coordinate visits with one or more professors using IBL in their classrooms.
  • Funding may be available to support our IBL community. We can fund mentors and mentees with classroom visitations if needed, or to attend a Seaway Section meeting. Our funding also allows for the numerous activities listed above, and for additional personal projects upon request.
  • For more information and to join our consortium at any time, please contact us at

Come Join Us!

We have many opportunities for getting together to continue the IBL conversations. See announcements below

IMPORTANT Announcements:

  • IBL @ MAA Seaway

    • There will be a special IBL contributed session at the Fall MAA Seaway Meeting at SUNY Broome.  If you're coming to Binghamton and would like to tell your IBL story, please contribute your abstract to Ryan Gantner (rgantner at sjfc dot edu) as well as Marlo Brown (mbrown at niagara dot edu , who is collecting all of the abstracts for the entire meeting).

    • Yousuf George of Nazareth College will be delivering the Randolph Lecture at this year's MAA Seaway meeting.  His talk, "IBL for All" promises to reiterate themes brought out by UNY IBL.


  • Dinner Meeting: Niagara Falls

    • We're planning a dinner meeting in Niagara Falls on Wednesday, October 18.  We'll meet at La Galera Mexican Restaurant, 8125 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY, at 6:00 pm for food and conversation about IBL classes, techniques, goals, aspirations, and nonsense.  If you plan to attend, send e-mail to Chad Mangum (cmangum at niagara *dot* edu) so that we can make appropriate plans. 
  • mailing list

    • To join our mailing list at any time, send e-mail to uny.ibl at gmail dot com.  We'll get you set up and you'll receive announcements about what's going on.