Participant Checklist

In order to help you get the most out of the The Math Your Earth Science Majors Need module development workshop, we ask that you do several things in advance. Here is a list of the preparatory activities and their deadlines.

Prior to the workshop:

Pre-workshop Meetings

Please plan to attend these meetings. The workshop will build on ideas covered at the meetings, so we require that all participants attend the meetings prior to the workshop.

Pre-Workshop Meeting #1

Pre-Workshop Meeting #2

  • May 4 -- 3:00 pm ET - Ryan and Kelly, Melanie and Laura, Sarah and John
  • May 5 -- 1:00 pm ET - Robyn and Sonia, Jeff and Antony, Freddi-Jo and Alejandra
    Presentation slides from Meeting #2

Pre-workshop Meeting #3

Other Pre-workshop Tasks

By Friday May 5

By workshop start (Sunday June 4)

We anticipate this would take ~2 hours time. Thanks!

  1. Prep for your module (the start of this is being done in the pre-workshop author meetings)
    1. Example problems you want your students to be able to answer
    2. Initial ideas about scope and where the limits may be
    3. Identify any thoughts or concerns about format needs or technology use in your module.
    4. Spend a little time searching Teach The Earth (SERC/NAGT) or other online resource collections for activities/labs that would apply the math skills from your module to a larger Earth or environmental topic. These will NOT be part of your module, but can inform how you "aim" your module. Most of these activities do not actually walk students through the math skills steps the way your modules will. Your modules will make teaching these more in-depth activities easier. Collections which higher use of quantitative skills include:
      1. Teaching Quantitative Skills
      2. Project EDDIE: Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration
      3. GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI)
  2. Prep to for other modules
    1. Bring at least a couple example problems relevant to other module topics from your sub-discipline
  3. Start working with Serckit (content management system)
    1. Watch the video on the Editing Single Page in Serckit. Practice a few of the skills mentioned.
    2. In your blank module (LINKS TO DRAFT MODULES)
      1. Adjust the title (if you don't like the draft one) and/or change some headings to be about your module topic (instead of XXX)
      2. Add your name and institution to the Instructor page
      3. Practice adding a link or an image
  4. General preparation related to promoting effective math skills development
    1. Reducing inequity - The Math You Need, When You Need It (TMYN): Leveling the Playing Field
    2. Managing student math anxiety
      1. Thriving, Persisting, or Agonizing: Integrated Math Anxiety Experiences of University Students in Introductory Geoscience Classes
      2. DRAFT Math Anxiety and Learning: What thoughts and emotions do you have when using math?

After the workshop:

  • By June 16 - Submit travel reimbursement form and other paperwork
  • By Friday, July 7
    • Fully complete module webpages
    • Complete quiz questions for uploading to WAMAP
    • Start IRB process, IF your institution may not accept the Highline College project-wide responsibility for IRB (Human Subjects application to the Institutional Review Board)

Shortly before the testing term

  • Double check on IRB progress if needed at your institution
  • Check that WAMAP is working in your institution's Learning Management System (Canvas, Blackboard, etc.) IF you want to integrate it into the LMS.
  • Attend a TMYN-Majors WAMAP refresher meeting

During 2023-24 academic year

  • By 2 weeks into term you are testing
    • Class roster uploaded
    • Pretest taken by students
    • Instructor planning form is completed
  • By end of the term
    • Post test taken by students
  • By 1 week after testing term ends
    • Feedback questionnaire on:
      • Your teaching experience
      • Recommended adjustments to the module you authored and any others you tested