Math & Statistics Awareness Month

Pearson’s Math & Statistics Awareness Month webinars offer professional development opportunities for educators. Learn more about the sessions below, and read about the speakers on our Math & Stats page.

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Educators who participate in a live webinar will have the opportunity to earn Acclaim professional development badges. For select webinars, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Acclaim badges are available for participants who satisfactorily complete a webinar and CEU project. Learn more about digital badges and CEUs.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

4:00 p.m. ET

Creating an Optimized Course in MyLab Math

Professor Jessica Bernards, Portland Community College
Professor Wendy Fresh, Portland Community College

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.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

3:00 p.m. ET

Using MyLabsPlus Workspace to Unpack Students’ Mathematical Errors and to Develop Reasoning Skills

Professor Ruthmae Sears, University of South Florida
Professor Caree Pinder, University of South Florida

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.

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Contextualizing Technical Mathematics Using MyMathLab to Make the Concepts Relevant

Professor Matthew Hudock, Philip’s College

In a technical math class, the goal is for the students to master the necessary math skills in order forthem to be successful in their vocational and technical fields of study. When working with a wide variety of majors in the vocational and technical areas, the biggest challenge is getting students to see the relevance of the concepts they’re learning. This webinar will show how to design assignments that contextualize mathematics for students for a wide variety of fields using MyMathLab®.

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How Mathematics Transforms the World

Professor Gary Rockswold, Minnesota State University

Mathematics is playing an essential role in not only the natural sciences, but also in the social sciences. But is this only the beginning of an even bigger and more powerful role that mathematics will assume in the future? Mathematics is much more than a tool for science, and it often guides how people think about the world. This entertaining multimedia presentation explains why it is a great time to be a mathematician.

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Math for the Really Real World

Professor Eric Gaze, Bowdoin College

In this talk we will explore how proportional reasoning underlies the way we communicate with numbers and why businesses utilize spreadsheets to model ill­structured problems.

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