For majors in mathematics and the sciences, success in their college degree plans is particularly impacted by their experiences in their first year. STEM majors who have a negative first contact with required STEM courses are at disproportionate risk of abandoning their major — or abandoning college altogether. So a little assistance in that first year goes a long way toward keeping students on track to successful completion of their degree. Supplemental instruction, and peer-cooperative learning programs like it, have proven to be an effective form of such assistance. Continue reading “Supplemental Instruction: Resources and Links”
This fall will mark my fourth straight (full) academic semester in which all my courses are built around standards-based grading (SBG). SBG realigns my evaluation priorities for my students from tasks, points, and weights to standards, mastery, and bundles. Continue reading “Standards-Based Grading: Origins”
This fall, I’ll be beginning production on a podcast titled On Q: A Higher Education for Quantitative Literacy. This podcast will be dedicated to amplifying the best ideas for how faculty, administrators, and staff across higher education can support the goal of building a more numerate society.
We’ll be interviewing scholars and educators on the front lines of this important educational movement on each episode. The theme of Series 1 will be “What Is Quantitative Literacy, Anyway?” and focuses on the many ways we can define this skill set, and the ways it reveals itself across the disciplines.
If you have an idea for Series 1 of On Q or would like to suggest a guest for the show (even if that guest is yourself!), drop us a line in the contact form on the show page. Follow us on Twitter at @onqpodcast .