Location, Facilities, & Policies


Directions to Rider

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, the home of the TLC, is located in building 22, the Science and Technology Center, on the map of campus (full map). We are on the third floor.

Walk from the parking lot across campus past the Admissions and Library Buildings and past the Business (Sweigart Hall) and Education (Memorial Hall) buildings.  The Science Building is the one with the glass tower on the front.  Take the elevator to the 3rd floor of the Science building and turn right as you leave the elevator.  The entrance to the Bristol- Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning will be on your right.

The BMS Center phone number is 609-896-5333.


"We shape our buildings. Thereafter, our buildings shape us."
-Winston Churchill

The administrative hub of the TLC is located in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a 7,500-sq. ft. facility on the top floor of Rider's Science and Technology Center. It features current technology and an open design that fosters active learning and interaction. Large and small combination laboratory/classrooms encourage student collaboration by removing artificial divides, such as found in a lecture hall, allowing students to work in groups as they would in the laboratory. Wireless laptops, digital microscopes, and probeware provide the technology to gather, analyze and discuss data in a single integrative setting. An open student interaction/study area is intended to draw students into the Center and provide interaction and study space. The Center includes the following features:

  • Flexible spaces for small or large classes and gatherings, including seminars, workshops, receptions, and poster symposia
  • Movable tables and chairs for constructing alternative room designs
  • Sinks, counters, outlets, and ample storage for lab use/equipment and manipulatives
  • High visibility of activities
  • View corridors that draw people inward
  • Seating that invites students, faculty, and visitors to linger
  • Areas that stimulate student learning and provide space for study, conversation, and interaction 
  • Wireless Internet and distance learning capabilities

Rooms and Technology

  1. Room 317
    36 people
    6 round tables
    lab grade countertop and cabinets along wall
    2 sinks
    VCR/DVD/Visual Presenter/Mac & PC at instructor's station
    Projector, screen & plasma display

  2. Room 316
    24 people
    4 round tables
    lab grade countertop and cabinets along small wall
    2 sinks
    VCR/DVD/Visual Presenter/Mac & PC at instructor's stationProjector & screen 

  3. Room 310
    12 people
    conference tables for 12 people
    VCR/DVD/Mac G4 computer
    Projector & screen
    54 inch TV 

  4. Room 311
    12 people
    conference tables for 12 people 

  5. Rooms 310 & 311 Combined 

  6. Faculty Lounge

    1. multimedia development station for faculty use

      1. E-mac running OS X 10.3 with editing software for video, text, images, sound

      2. dual deck VCR for editing video

      3. mini-DV player recorder for editing video on computer

      4. scanner for scanning images and text onto computer

    2. conference table for 6 people

    3. small round table for 3 people

    4. couch, 4 armchairs

  1. Reference library with journals, books and videos on teaching & assessment


Room Policies

Regularly Scheduled Classes

Purpose of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning (BMS CSTL)

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning is the home of the Rider Science Education and Literacy Center (Rider SELECT) . As such, it supports the mission of SELECT with regard to meeting the science/math learning needs (both content and pedagogy) of students preparing to become teachers of science and math as well as those teachers already in the workforce (elementary, middle and high school levels). It is because of this focus that Bristol-Myers Squibb Company partnered with Rider to fund construction of the Center, which serves as a hub for science education in the region.

SELECT Mission and Goals

Mission : SELECT's mission is to improve K-12 science and math teaching and learning by creating and supporting a coherent approach to teachers' career-long professional learning.

Goals : SELECT's goals are to

  • prepare preservice teacher candidates to be competent in science/math content and process and skilled in inquiry-based instruction
  • enhance the competency of the existing teacher workforce in the same (as above)
  • engage University faculty, K-12 teachers, and others in science education research
  • offer science outreach to the community

In addition, the BMS CSTL houses Rider's Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) . As such, its programming supports faculty in any discipline who have designed or re-designed courses (or are in the process of doing so) to incorporate various active learning pedagogies. Click here for links to more information about these approaches to teaching and learning. 

BMS CSTL Architecture

The BMS CSTL is specialized space designed specifically to support inquiry-based teaching and learning of science and math as well as other active learning pedagogies. 

BMS CSTL Technology

Although initially the BMS CSTL was equipped with unique, high-end technology, today its technology is identical to that in many other technology classrooms campus-wide. The exception to this is the laptop carts in Rooms 316 and 317, although laptop carts are also now available in MEM 221, SCI 108, and SWG 118.

NOTE: There are now many technology classrooms campus-wide (click here for a list). In addition, specialized technologies (e.g., video conference technology and SmartBoards), which are not currently available in the BMS CSTL, are now available elsewhere on campus. Please contact OIT for more information.

Because of its purpose and design, the BMS CSTL is designated as “specialized teaching space” by the Registrar's office.

To be scheduled in the BMS CSTL, therefore, courses must embrace an active learning approach to teaching and learning. Decisions regarding scheduling courses in the BMS CSTL will be made in the priority order below.

Priorities for courses scheduled in the BMS CSTL:

1. Courses that support learning inquiry-based science and math pedagogy . These include undergraduate and graduate education courses (science and math methods) designed for preservice students.

2. Courses that support inquiry-based science and math learning . These include undergraduate science and math courses designed for, but not limited to, students preparing to become K-12 teachers.

NOTE: It is essential that the students in priorities 1 and 2 have the experience of learning science and math in the same way they will be expected to teach it using the inquiry approach. This priority addresses the first goal of Rider SELECT, the program for which the Center was created.

3.Science and math courses (for majors or non-majors) designed around active learning pedagogies . This includes, but is not limited to, science and math courses that have transitioned from large lecture sections to small classroom-based sections.

4.Courses in other disciplines designed around active learning pedagogies .

Click here for more information about active learning pedagogies (pdf)

Important Notes:

  • In the event courses of equal priority request the same space and time slot, every effort will be made to resolve the conflict. If there is no satisfactory alternative, however, instructors will be asked to take turns using BMS CSTL classrooms.

  • The BMS CSTL was created to support innovative teaching and to facilitate faculty learning from one another as they experiment with new approaches. Therefore, faculty who teach in the Center are encouraged to open their classroom to colleagues to visit and observe at a time mutually agreed upon beforehand by the instructor and visitor.

  • Scheduling courses in the BMS CSTL comes with the possibility of occasional relocation. An important part of SELECT's mandate is to provide professional development for K-12 teachers already in the workforce. Scheduling these events to fit school district calendars and avoid conflict with Rider courses is a challenge. Every effort will be made to avoid disrupting class schedules, but it does happen occasionally. TLC staff will work with the Registrar's Office to identify an alternate location. If your class is scheduled during a “prime time” period, an alternate classroom location may not be available.

Use of instructional technology:

Active learning courses may or may not include technology as an integral component. If it is integral to a course, in order to be considered a criterion for scheduling the 

course in the BMS CSTL the technology must be used as a learning tool (rather than only a presentation tool) that is integral to students' active learning in the classroom.

Because the instructional technology in the BMS CSTL is now identical to that in technology classrooms campus-wide, the use of technology, in and of itself, is not a criterion for scheduling courses in the BMS CSTL.

Similarly, laptop carts are also available in MEM 221, SCI 108, and SWG 118, and so use of laptop carts during class time, in and of itself, is not a criterion for scheduling courses in the BMS CSTL.

Web links for active learning

Click here for more information about approaches that support active learning (pdf)

Requesting a BMS CSTL Classroom

Classrooms in the BMS CSTL are:

  • Room 316 (maximum of 24 students)
  • Room 317 (maximum of 36 students)

Instructors wishing to schedule a course in the BMS CSTL must complete a “BMS CSTL Room Request Form.” (Click here for a request form) SEE ATTACHED WORD DOCUMENT

Forms must be returned via e-mail to tlc@rider.edu by the deadlines below.

NOTE : The Registrar's Office will not schedule a course in the BMS CSTL unless the request form has been submitted and the course has been approved for the Center.

Deadlines for submission:

  • December 15 annually for both the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year.

Notification: Once courses have been assigned classrooms, information about those assignments can be accessed at My Info.

Equipment Loans

Equipment for loan:

  • 1 Olympus digital camera
  • 2 Canon digital camcorders
  • 2 Powerbook G4 laptops
  • 10 Proscope digital microscopes
  • 60 interwrite Personal Response Units

Laptops: The TLC has 2 PowerBook G4 computers (MACs) that faculty may borrow for up to a week at a time depending on demand. The PowerBook G4 computers are also lent as part of a "Digital VideoPack" that includes a digital camera and digital videocamera. The Mac contains software for loading the pictures and video onto the computer, editing it, and saving it onto CDs or DVDs.

Digital Camera: The digital camera may be borrowed separately or as part of a "Digital VideoPack" (see above).

Proscope™ Digital Microscopes: Proscope™ microscopes attach via a USB cable to Macs and PCs. Images, time lapse sequences and videos can be captured using the included software and added to reports in Microsoft Word, Inspiration, PowerPoint, BlackBoard, etc. With the 1-10X lens, The ProScope™ becomes a high-quality video camera. Magnification can be increased to 200X power in a matter of seconds. The lens mount is an industry-standard C-Mount that will accept third-party lenses. http://www.theproscope.com/

Interwrite Personal Response System: 60 handheld remote controls record student answers via a wireless receiver attached to the teacher's computer. The teacher can instantly display results to students and/or collect them for future analysis. Questions can be oral, written using the Interwrite software or using PowerPoint with an Interwrite plugin. The PRS is perfect for formative assessment of large classes. http://www.gtcocalcomp.com/interwriteprs.htm

See one the receptionists or Tim McGee for equipment loans. Call or e-mail Tim (7015, tmcgee@rider.edu) for instruction in using TLC equipment or for set-up assistance.