Traveling Workshops

What are Traveling Workshops?

Traveling workshops are Inquiry Based Learning Workshops (IBL) that are up to 1 day long. These workshops focus on learning about what IBL is, seeing different styles of IBL classrooms, and experiencing  strategies for how to begin to implement IBL in the classroom. The topics of traveling workshops vary, and are often geared more toward a specific aspect of IBL based on the needs of the local community.

What can I expect at a Traveling Workshop?

The content of traveling workshops vary based on the needs of local hosts. However, in general, you can expect to learn more about what IBL is and small steps to begin to implement IBL into your classroom. If you have existing IBL courses, these workshops can provide additional ideas for you to incorporate in your classroom.

What types of activities can AIBL Workshop facilitators include in a travelling workshop designed for you?

  • Intro to IBL.  Learn about what IBL is in theory and in practice, and about the “Big Tent” view of IBL.  

  • Video Session.  Learn about IBL teaching skills and practices via video lesson study.

  • Nuts & Bolts.  Learn about and discuss the nuts and bolts of running an IBL course (e.g. selecting presenters, grading, managing discussions).

  • Research.  Learn about the evidence from education research that supports IBL and informs our choices as instructors.

  • Course Materials.  Start to build your target course, including writing syllabi, adapting materials, selecting a "typical day" class structure, and considering how to encourage and support students in an IBL class.

  • Community Building.  Local community building components can be included as well, to help establish or sustain a faculty community of practice around IBL.  See below for more detail. 

Building Community

There are currently several regional groups of college math instructors who are interested in using and disseminating IBL, which you can find more information about on our IBL Communities page:  http://www.inquirybasedlearning.org/join-a-group/.  As part of the IBL Communities initiative, AIBL aims to help organize these groups into more cohesive entities. A supportive local community has many benefits.  It can assist members in their first time teaching a course using IBL and can help them overcome documented barriers to transitioning their courses toward IBL techniques.  It also effectively supports emerging and experienced practitioners of IBL by providing continuing professional development opportunities, offering support for trying a different strain of IBL or beginning to teach a different course via IBL, and giving a sense of higher purpose by allowing for “giving back” in various ways.  Assistance in organizing and building these communities can come through workshops to be hosted locally for this purpose.  Depending on the intricacies of the requesting host organization and the population interested in participating in the workshop, the AIBL facilitators will tailor a set of activities which meet the unique needs of those universities and regional organizations wanting support in building their own IBL Communities.   

Our community building workshop can include AIBL workshop components designed to develop or improve IBL teaching techniques, together with an additional focus on starting or maintaining your own IBL Community.  The latter can include activities such as exercises in developing a leadership model and initial leadership team, facilitating an example peer discussion group about what is happening in our courses, starting a series of group mentoring meetings, initiating in depth collaborations that include course planning and observations, starting a book discussion group, or creating a framework for informal peer mentoring.  Our workshop facilitators will assist the local hosts in determining which activities make the most sense for each region given their goals and constraints.

Who leads the workshop?

We have a team of experienced IBL workshop facilitators who will lead the workshops! Specific leaders depend on the workshop content and needs. To see our team, visit the workshop leaders webpage!

ARE THERE ANY UPCOMING TRAVELING WORKSHOPS?

Traveling workshops are hosted by colleges and universities in communities across the country and as a result, the workshop locations vary. To view lists of upcoming and past workshops, visit on of the links below.

How do I host a Traveling Workhsop

Please inquire about hosting a Traveling workshop at your institution by emailing Stan Yoshinobu (Styoshin@calpoly.edu).

Where can I find more information on IBL?

The AIBL website hosts several resources about Inquiry Based Learning methods. Check out some of the following links: About AIBL, the IBL Blog, and The IBL Blog Playlist

Beyond the website, our community also creates grassroots resources. Check out the AIBL Youtube channel for in-class examples and commentary. The channel has both student and instructor voices and allows other instructors to learn more about IBL and how it impacts the math community and student learning. 

Connect with IBL colleagues in your area! Click Here to find AIBL communities in your area!

Discovering the Art of Mathematics (DAoM) also has a lot of resources on their website that may be of help to you!

Past Traveling Workshop Photos

To find more photos from past IBL events, visit our Photos page!

Anonymous Testimonials

Enjoyable and Interesting. Provided good ideas for implementing into classes very soon.
Pace and detail level allowed for efficient delivery of content without loss of attention. Presenters conscientiously included all participants and were happy to answer questions. Included a lot of useful resources.
Useful discussions and materials. Nice balance between passive listening and active talking and thinking.
Interactive, informative, well-paced, sufficient breaks, useful activities, engaging, collaborative, good energy!
Interesting, engaging, helpful!
Well organized, on topic, practice what they preached! Good information as well as demonstrations.
Lovely time, lovely presenters, very well prepared.
The presenters were very knowledgeable of the subject matter. The presenters were candid in their answers to practical questions. The presenters gave tangible examples of problems and scenarios.
The presenters were to the point, the activity we performed was so engaging.
Thoroughly presented the effectiveness of the IBL methodology by providing both visual media as well as statistical measure of before and after IBL
In this workshop everybody’s voice we heard and every opinion mattered.