The Math You Need, When You Need It 2010:
A workshop for faculty teaching introductory geoscience
July 14-16, 2010, Highline Community College, Seattle, WA
By Invitation Only
This NSF-funded project â€“ The Math You Need, When You Need It (TMYN) â€“ is designed to provide resources for both faculty and students to include quantitative skills in the introductory geoscience classroom by:
Supporting students in learning and reviewing remedial math skills
Providing this support outside of the classroom
And freeing up classroom time for instructors to increase the amount of quantitative geoscience.
Early results suggest that TMYN is successful at both remediating math and allowing faculty to infuse more quantitative geoscience content into their courses. This workshop was designed to train faculty to implement these resources into an introductory geoscience course.
This workshop provided an opportunity for faculty teaching introductory geoscience to increase the quantitative content of their courses.
In this day-and-a-half workshop participants:
- learned about successes of this program at five institutions
- modified a course to include quantitative content using online resources
- designed an implementation unique to his/her course and institution
- created a webpage about ways they plan to implement the resource in their course
- discussed ways of overcoming difficulties in teaching quantitative skills
- collaborated with other participants to integrate this resource into courses that successfully develop students' quantitative skills
- contributed to improving TMYN effectiveness
Eric Baer, Highline Community College, Geology
Helen Burn, Highline Community College, Mathematics
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Geology
Rob Benson, Adams State College, Geology
Kim Hannula, Ft. Lewis College, Geology
Kate Kramer, McHenry Community College, Geology
Workshop operational costs as well as room, board and travel costs for participants were covered by grants from the National Science Foundation (DUE-0920800 and DUE-0920583.) Participants will receive a small stipend after the successful implementation of The Math You Need resources in their courses.
Logistics and Location
The workshop took place at Highline Community College, just south of Seattle, Washington (see Workshop Program for more details). Participants were provided with lodging and meals through National Science Foundation funds. Sea-Tac Airport is just 3 miles from the conference hotel and meeting area, and a shuttle was available to all participants.
Participant Selection Criteria
Workshop participants were chosen based on previously expressed interest in using The Math You Need resources and reflected a variety of institutions, introductory geoscience courses, student populations and geographic settings.
For more information
Contact the conveners, Eric Baer (ebaer 'at' highline.edu) or Jennifer Wenner (wenner 'at' uwosh.edu)