Developmental Math Webinars
Pearson’s Developmental Math webinars offer professional development opportunities for educators. Learn more about the sessions below, and read about the speakers on our Math & Stats page.
Educators who participate in a live webinar will have the opportunity to earn Acclaim professional development badges. Acclaim badges are available for participants who satisfactorily complete a webinar. Learn more about digital badges.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4:00 p.m. ET
Creating an Optimized Course in MyLab Math
Mathematics instructors Wendy Fresh and Jessica Bernards have spent countless hours modifying their use of technology in the classroom in an effort to create an optimal learning environment. Using MyLab Math, they’ve examined what types of exercises to assign, when to assign them, how long the assignments should be, and the right settings to maximize student engagement and learning. During this session, they’ll share what works in a variety of class formats including face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses so that students do not just use MyLab Math as a “hoop to jump through” but as a tool for learning.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
3:00 p.m. ET
Using MyLabsPlus Workspace to Unpack Students’ Mathematical Errors and to Develop Reasoning Skills
MyLabsPlus Workspace provides insights into student’s mathematical thinking and misconceptions. In this session, Ruthmae and Caree will describe how MyLabsPlus Workspace provides students with an opportunity to show their work in an online environment. They will provide an overview of features of MyLabsPlus Workspace and how it is used at the University of South Florida. Then, they will describe common errors students make when communicating mathematics in MyLabsPlus Workspace, including syntax errors, omission of mathematical symbols, and fragile mathematical conceptions. Finally, the speakers will highlight how the data collected during the lessons is used to remediate areas where students struggled.
Liven Up Your Classroom with Engaging Strategies and Course Materials
Do your students ever seem catatonic? If so, awaken them with new strategies and course materials that make learning math more enjoyable. Lewis and Clark Community College professors Randy Gallaher and Kevin Bodden introduce strategies that incorporate technology, and share some of their favorite activities proven to engage students in their own learning.
Math Lit & Pathways: 5 Years Later
Kathleen Almy, Rock Valley College
Pathways courses in developmental math have evolved in the five years since their inception. In this session, we’ll share lessons learned, problems, solutions, and data about Rock Valley College’s Math Lit course. Updates on how pathways are changing developmental math nationwide will also be discussed.
Teaching a Pre-Statistics Course: Propelling Non-STEM Students Forward
Jay Lehmann, College of San Mateo
Come hear about an innovative, exciting path-to-stats course that can replace algebra courses, ensuring students eventual success in an elementary statistics course by emphasizing density histograms, challenging data-centered exercises, and interpretation of statistical concepts. The structure as well as instructors’ and students’ experiences of the course will be discussed. The presenter has written a textbook specially designed for this course.
New Developments in Developmental Math
Teaching developmental math is an important challenge, because math opens doors for our students and allows them additional opportunities. This presentation discusses some research, ideas, and philosophies for making math more accessible for a larger portion of our student body. In addition, a new Interactive Developmental Math (IDM) program will be discussed and demonstrated. IDM allows students to be guided interactively through an entire course similar to how a live tutor would teach. IDM is particularly helpful for students who have difficulty reading the text or organizing their own study plan.
Flexibility—One Path Does Not Fit All
Professor Elayn Martin-Gay, University of New Orleans
This talk will include a discussion about the options now offered to students to help them accelerate completion of their mathematics requirements by providing them with a more timely and focused path. This discussion will also include an update in the recent renewed surge in the area of career readiness (formerly workforce readiness) as well as ways to help our students prepare for skills needed during and after higher education.
Student Success for Non-STEM Students at Des Moines Area Community College Using a Pathways Approach
Professor Dan Petrak, Des Moines Area Community College
Pathways is a national movement of offering alternative mathematics courses and curriculum for Non-STEM majors at the Community College level. This student centered, highly interactive curricular approach engages developmental math students with the content and each other to prepare them for Math for Liberal Arts or Statistics in one semester. This interactive webinar will present the rationale, methods, and outstanding results of this approach at Des Moines Area Community College. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and time will be allowed for interaction with the presenter.
Integrating College & Career Readiness Strategies in the Developmental Math Curriculum
Professor Elayn Martin-Gay, University of New Orleans
This talk will focus on the overlap of career readiness skills and college readiness skills. Among the topics of discussion will be instructional strategies and specific examples to use to integrate college and career readiness. Included in this talk is the importance of time management and setting goals, as well as specific examples, such as calculating GPA and other statistics, and financial examples.
Pathways to Success: The Courses of the New Mathways Project
Connie Richardson, Charles A. Dana Center
The New Mathways Project aims to improve student success and completion by supporting implementation of mathematics pathways aligned with fields of study. Learn about the Dana Center’s new developmental and collegelevel courses, featuring active, collaborative learning, which can be used to support successful classroom implementation of the pathways model.