Network of IBL COMMUNITIES
Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL)
Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) is a form of active learning in which students are given a carefully scaffolded sequence of mathematical tasks and are asked to solve and make sense of them, working individually and in groups. Many varieties of IBL exist under one “big tent.” While courses may look different, they rely on the core principles of (1) deep student engagement with coherent and meaningful mathematical tasks, (2) opportunities for students to collaboratively process mathematical ideas with peers, (3) opportunities for instructors to inquire into student thinking, and (4) ability for instructors to foster equity in their design and facilitation choices. Following these core principles, IBL courses enhance student learning by providing opportunities to learn the process of understanding and presenting math rather than simply watching someone else do it. The following styles of teaching fall under the umbrella of IBL: problem-based learning, student-centered teaching, active learning, ambitious teaching, discovery learning, and inquiry-oriented learning.
The National Network of
Regional IBL COMMUNITIES
A regional Inquiry-Based Learning Community (IBLC) is a local group of college math instructors interested in using and disseminating IBL. Each IBLC is a community of transformation of university faculty, who share a common practice of teaching mathematics and using Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) methods. These communities aim to provide evidence-based support mechanisms, through professional development, mentoring, and collaborations, to help members transform their teaching. IBLCs provide ongoing access to professional development without the need of a plane ticket to a national conference or workshop. Each IBLC is also better in tune with local politics, thus allowing for a grassroots route to bringing an IBL experience to every student.
This Network of IBLCs project brings together the leadership teams of multiple communities under one loose structure. Representatives from each community in the network meet multiple times each year to share successes, present opportunities, and discuss challenges. For information on the NSF project which is currently supporting and studying these communities, click the NSF Project tab at the top right of your screen.
The following communities are currently part of our network.
Coalescing IBL communities
- East Texas
- New York City Metro Area
- North Texas
- Ohio-West Virginia
- Pacific Northwest
- South Central Texas
- Southern Arizona
Contact IBLCommunities@gmail.com if you would like to be connected with the leadership team of any of the above coalescing IBL Communities, or if you'd like your community to be added to this list. We aim to grow our network to cover the United States, and we already have participation within Canada.
Current and Coalescing ibl communities
IBL Community EVENTS
Check out our calendar for events of interest to those in the regions that are currently part of our network. This calendar includes our Network of IBLC events in the default color, as well as contributing events from each of our regions in alternate colors.
If you have events that should be of interest to one of our regions, please contact a member of our project leadership team from that region. If you would like us to add your region's Google Calendar to ours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IBLC Workshop Facilitator Meeting – Spring 2020
The purpose of the meeting was to agree on a common component for the spring events (2020) that each of the regional IBL communities will put on, as well as begin the process of sharing resources. Nine workshop facilitators met online to ask questions and share ideas on workshop facilitation and workshop activities.
The common components for the Spring 2020 workshops will be:
(1) Answering the question of “What is IBL?” using exemplars such as live classroom immersive experiences or classroom videos, plus the 4-pillars definition
(2) A session exploring how you do IBL by digging into at least one practice in depth. Practices explored might include: opening up a problem, facilitating group work, choosing presenters, running a whole class discussion, etc.
Resources created included:
- A shared document for collecting potential math problems to use in a live classroom: Problems Used in Workshops for Live Classroom Experiences.
- A shared document for collecting resources and tips on running a live classroom in PD: Tips of Facilitating a Live Classroom.
Check out our twitter feed for news about IBL Communities and let us know what you think by tweeting with #iblcommunities and/or to @iblcommunities
Resources for CREATING AN IBL COMMUNITY
Interested in finding out more about the inner workings of an IBL Community? Take a look at the article about the first IBLC.
Want to create a regional community in your area? Join us at one of the Community Building workshops, which are part of the Academy of IBL's travelling workshop series.
Are you in a place where you don't know enough IBL practitioners to be confident starting a community? Add yourself to a national list of interested people. We’ll help network you with others in your region once there is a quorum.
We currently have funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support and study four particular IBLCs. As part of this project we are providing financial support for activities and collaborations in those four regions, and we are developing a toolkit with effective practices to create a regional community of practice. For more details on this, click the NSF Project tab at the top right of your screen.
In addition , the Initiative for Mathematics Learning By Inquiry foundation (MLI) has historically provided some small grants of about $2000 to kickstart regional IBL Community initiatives. Please contact them for questions about the status and availability of these small grants.
The following groups are actively collaborating with our Network of IBL Communities project in providing resources for our workshops.