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Fri Oct 12

MathCEP Seminar

10:10am - Vincent Hall 364
Adventures with experiential and active learning
Rina Ashkenazi, University of Minnesota

I will share my attempts to include real world experiences and active learning in the actuarial mathematics curriculum. Those include a design of a project based course (MATH 4067W) that is instructed in collaboration with practicing actuaries, as well as the inclusion of small projects and in-class presentations in other, existing courses.

Fri Oct 26

MathCEP Seminar

10:10am - Vincent Hall 364
The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers Book Discussion
Journal Club

People who work well with numbers are often stymied by how to write about them. Those who don't often work with numbers have an even tougher time trying to put them into words. For instance, scientists and policy analysts learn to calculate and interpret numbers, but not how to explain them to a general audience. Students learn about gathering data and using statistical techniques, but not how to write about their results. And readers struggling to make sense of numerical information are often left confused by poor explanations. Jane Miller, an experienced research methods and statistics teacher, gives writers the assistance they need. The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers helps bridge the gap between good quantitative analysis and good expository writing. Field-tested with students and professionals alike, this book shows writers how to think about numbers during the writing process. By providing basic guidelines for successfully using numbers in prose, The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers will help writers of all kinds clearly and effectively tell a story with numbers as evidence.

Fri Nov 09

MathCEP Seminar

10:10am - Vincent Hall 364
The Distributed Open Education Network (Doenet) and your dream educational technology
Duane Nykamp, University of Minnesota

A group of us are developing educational technology as part of the
Distributed Open Education Network (Doenet). We'll describe our vision for
an open educational technology ecosystem and highlight some solutions that
we are currently implementing. Then, we'll open the floor to discuss your
dreams for technological innovations that will enable you to better help
students learn.

Fri Dec 07

MathCEP Seminar

10:10am - Vincent Hall 364
Experiments in STEM Education
Michelle Driessen, University of Minnesota

The general chemistry program has been experimenting with several new pedagogies in order to improve student learning and successful outcomes. I’ll begin with our placement system and new adaptive courseware/learning analytics project, and will discuss any other project as time allows.

1. ALEKS Placement/Learning Modules
2. Adaptive Courseware (Smart Sparrow)
Using Adaptivity and Learning Analytics to Identify At-Risk Students and Implement Early Interventions
3. Absolute grading in 1061
Six Lower-Stakes Exams + Final
E-proctored Exams – available over a 12 hour window
4. Credit/No Credit Grading in Lab Courses + Specifications Grading