Keynote Session by Dr. Maria Andersen: Taking the Algebra Out of College Algebra

Keynote: Taking the Algebra out of College Algebra

Have you ever dreamed of teaching a pre-calculus level course where the algebraic manipulation is de-emphasized and the emphasis is shifted to conceptual understanding and practical skills that directly apply to transfer classes? For students to learn concepts, students need to have the time to explore and make mistakes around the concepts (not the procedures). You can teach the same curriculum and make time for active learning and concept focus, but you do have to redesign the learning and assessment while looking at the objectives through a new lens.

Keynote: College Algebra without the Algebra
If you are interested in using the Contemporary Algebra Curriculum in a course, it will be OER (curriculum and videos). Please contact Maria if you are interested: busynessgirl@gmail.com
Photo of Maria Andersen
Photo of Maria Andersen

Bio: Dr. Andersen has spent most of her career teaching mathematics at the college level. In the last decade, she has become extremely active in the use of technology in learning. She built iPad games to teach algebra, launched the Canvas Network MOOC platform, built adaptive learning platforms used by McGraw Hill, and worked as the Director of Learning Design for WGU. As a professor, Dr. Andersen was president of MichMATYC, the Professional Development Coordinator for AMATYC, the Director of the MCC Math & Technology Workshop , and wrote the “Teaching with Tech” column for MAA Focus. Maria is a software designer, an author, a speaker, and the CEO of Coursetune. She holds degrees in Math, Chemistry, Biology, Business Administration, and Higher Education Leadership

Friday Workshop Led by Dr. Maria Andersen: Strategies for Active Learning and Assessment (with Desmos)

A few semesters ago, I shifted completely away from graphing calculators and to the free Desmos app as the graphing and calculation technology for math classes. The students are far more comfortable and happier with Desmos but it does require shifts in classroom management, learning activities, and assessment. With technology that feels more natural to students, we can do much more exploration, focus on reasonability, and creation of real-world models (search for GraphsInTheWorld for a few examples). This focus of this workshop is on active learning, relevant learning, and assessment strategies. We’ll simply use Desmos as the common base technology for the activities. If you’ve only dabbled with Desmos or have never opened it, you’ll be fine – we start from scratch.

Workshop: Active Learning and Assessment with Desmos
If you are interested in using the Contemporary Algebra Curriculum in a course, it will be OER (curriculum and videos). Please contact Maria if you are interested: busynessgirl@gmail.com
Photo of Maria Andersen
Photo of Maria Andersen

Bio: Dr. Andersen has spent most of her career teaching mathematics at the college level. In the last decade, she has become extremely active in the use of technology in learning. She built iPad games to teach algebra, launched the Canvas Network MOOC platform, built adaptive learning platforms used by McGraw Hill, and worked as the Director of Learning Design for WGU. As a professor, Dr. Andersen was president of MichMATYC, the Professional Development Coordinator for AMATYC, the Director of the MCC Math & Technology Workshop , and wrote the “Teaching with Tech” column for MAA Focus. Maria is a software designer, an author, a speaker, and the CEO of Coursetune. She holds degrees in Math, Chemistry, Biology, Business Administration, and Higher Education Leadership.

(Some of) The Best Things in Life Are Free

Presenter: Kathy Jankoviak Anderson, Schoolcraft College

Summary: In this presentation I will be sharing video outlines that I created to accompany mathispower4u videos. I will also demonstrate how to get started in My Open Math (MOM), a free online homework program. In addition, searching and implementing OER math texts will be discussed.

MichMATYC 2019 Some of the Best Things in Life Are Free (PowerPoint)

High School to College Transitions and Expectations

Presenters: Amy Bonham, Holly Wallace, Julie Oddo, Eric Rausch; Monroe High Schools

Summary: This presentation will be about how our high school is working to align content and expectations to our local community colleges. We will discuss how we made this alignment, the successes, and challenges we are still trying to overcome. We will share other avenues we are willing to try to help our students be ready for college mathematics. During this presentation we will highlight the High School Course Expectations (HSCE) as required by the state of Michigan. Sample assessments and problem sets will be shown, in hope to receive feedback on college alignment. We would like to end the presentation with a group discussion on aligning first-year college math courses to the HSCE.

Quantitative Reasoning: A Corequisite Team-Taught Approach

Presenters: Erik Brown and Sara Main, Jackson College

Summary: With the mandate to eliminate stand-alone developmental math courses, Jackson College created a corequisite model delivered by a pair of instructors. Strengths and challenges of the new model will be shared with success data from three semesters of teaching this course.

Creating the “Supply Drop” Room

Presenters: Elizabeth Clifford and Marshall Cowell, Lansing Community College

Summary: Lansing Community College has a new initiative to provide additional academic support to all students. The LCC Learning Commons (tutoting center) developed one-hour workshops to help developmental algebra and entry level college math students review prerequisite math concepts. This transitioned into a safe and more flexible space focusing on meeting student needs in a just-in-time manner. We will discuss initial difficulty in student engagement and how our revised service model engages more students. We will present data on student attendance and feedback on what has made this space valuable and helped students succeed in their courses.