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Teaching Synchronous Online Upper-Level Math Courses

Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Franklin 13

Please note: This ancillary workshop is occurring before general mathematical sessions commence on Wednesday, July 29. This event is offered at an additional fee to general registration. Advance registration is required to attend, with the option to order available through the registration portal.


Many mathematics departments are being asked to develop online courses but are hesitant to offer courses beyond their entry-level courses in this format. In this workshop, we will offer suggestions for how to develop and teach proof-based courses in a synchronous online environment such as Zoom, BlueJeans, Big Blue Button, or BlackBoard Collaborate, based on our expertise in running the University of Northern Colorado’s long-standing successful online Master’s degree program for in-service secondary teachers. Our workshop will include discussions about course designs led by experienced teachers; discussions of the technical logistics of running a course like this; examples of ways to incorporate active learning, student presentations, and small group work in breakout rooms into online classes; and a focus on teaching upper-level and graduate proof based courses. We hope that participants will come away feeling like you can do almost anything you would do in a physical classroom in a synchronous online environment. The workshop will also include an optional online follow-up session in September, 2020.

Registration Fee: $50

Nathaniel Miller, University of Northern Colorado
Jodie Novak, University of Northern Colorado
Virgil Pierce, University of Northern Colorado


Co-requisite Courses: Essential Considerations

Thursday, July 30, 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


Institutions and states are seeing a remarkable number of co-requisite students pass gateway level mathematics courses in half the time or less. What are these institutions doing? What should faculty consider when designing support courses? Join Dana Center staff to explore 4 essential considerations, including ideas about the essential foundational concepts and cultural shifts necessary for students to succeed in co-requisite courses.

Frank Savina, University of Texas - Charles A. Dana Center
Joan Zoellner, University of Texas - Charles A. Dana Center


Learning How to Lead a Book Study Group for the Instructional Practices Guide

Thursday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


The MAA Instructional Practices Guide (IP Guide) offers guidance on leveraging evidence-based practices to improve undergraduate learning in mathematics. To help individuals engage with the IP Guide, the MAA sponsored the development of a 10-week Book Study Guide. After an introduction to the IP Guide and the Book Study Guide, attendees will participate in an interactive session that will prepare them to use the documents to meet their needs.

Erica R. Miller, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jessica Libertini, Virginia Military Institute
Emily Braley, Harvard University

MAA Committee on the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics
MAA Committee on Assessment


Past and Present Contributions of Black Mathematicians: Developing Positive Math Identities of Black Students

Thursday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


For many students stories of black achievement in mathematics are assumed to be nonexistent. To support student learning, it is important to share with all students their rightful role models of mathematical excellence. We will, 1) discuss contributions of the African Diaspora to the development of mathematics, 2) explore math tasks taken from a historical perspective, and 3) discuss how participants can adapt these tasks for classroom use.

Shelly M. Jones, Central Connecticut State University
Robin Wilson, Cal Poly Pomona


Navigating Academia as an Underrepresented Early Career Mathematician

Thursday, July 30, 3:00 p..m. - 4:20 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


Navigating academia as an underrepresented mathematician comes with a unique set of challenges due to isolation and the invisible labor associated with diversity related service, in addition to traditional stressors tied to career advancement. This interactive session will focus on how early career mathematicians can best align their personal and career goals with traditional institutional expectations regarding scholarship and service to support optimal career trajectories. This workshop welcomes early career faculty, postdocs, and graduate students as well as anyone looking to support individuals in these groups.

Ranthony A.C. Edmonds, The Ohio State University
Andrea Arauza Rivera, California State University, East Bay
Alexander Barrios, Carleton College
Ryan Moruzzi, Jr., California State University, East Bay
Anisah Nu’Man, Spelman College


Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership Through Case Studies

Friday, July 31, 10:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


The keys to being a successful student of mathematics -- preparation, study, practice, perseverance -- are essential to becoming a more effective and successful leader in academic administration. Department chairs and other leaders are invited to participate in this hands-on workshop to discuss case studies based on the leadership challenges faced by faculty and departments.

Edward Aboufadel, Grand Valley State University
Jonathan Hodge, Grand Valley State University


An Inquiry-Oriented Approach to Determinants: New Materials from the IOLA Project

Friday, July 31, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


In this workshop, we will introduce tasks from a new unit in the Inquiry-Oriented Linear Algebra (IOLA) project. These materials build on existing units to support intuitive conceptions of determinant from a situated context and generalize such experiences toward more formal notions of determinant. Participants will explore the new materials as students might and discuss instructional strategies for implementing Inquiry-Oriented materials.

David Plaxco, Clayton State University
Megan Wawro, Virginia Tech
Michelle Zandieh, Arizona State University
Christine Andrews-Larson, Florida State University


Desmos-Based Assignments in Precalculus and Calculus

Friday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m., Pennsyvlania Convention Center, Room 202A


This session presents assignments that utilize the Desmos graphing calculator to create a product that accomplishes a task, following constructionist learning principles. Examples include applied sinusoidal regression; tangent lines in Cartesian, parametric, and polar coordinates; and volumes by rotation. A sample grading rubric will be provided. Participants are encouraged to complete these assignments during the workshop and share ideas.

Zachary Beamer, Piedmont Virginia Community College


The Definition of a Mathematician

Friday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on what we think it means to be a mathematician, who is seen or counted as a mathematician, what causes this, and how that affects our communities of learning, teaching and research in mathematics. If you would like to explore those issues, come and find out! Be prepared to discuss some potentially difficult topics.

Rosalie Bélanger-Rioux, McGill University
Sara Rezvi, The University of Illinois at Chicago


Multiple Representations, Connections and Technology

Saturday, August 1, 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


Engage in real-world data collection, create dynamic mathematical representations to connect and build mathematical understanding. This session focuses on geometry and algebra content using (FREE dynamic math web-based software). Create tables, graphs, constructions, calculations, record observations, and make conjectures, all in one place. This is a hands-on math with technology workshop - bring your mobile devices!

Karen M. Greenhaus, Drexel University


Justice for All: Women, Mathematics, and Social Justice

Saturday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


Recent work by many exceptional women has brought the powerful tools of mathematics to bear on problems of social justice. In this hands-on workshop, women involved in math for social justice will introduce participants to ideas for including these topics in their classroom or scholarship practices. The primary target audience is women in the mathematical sciences, but everyone, including students, is welcome.

Sarah Wolff, Denison University
Shanna Dobson, California State University, Los Angeles
Janet Fierson, La Salle University
Emelie Kenney, Siena College
Cassie Williams, James Madison University

Sponsor: AWM Committee on MathFest


Quantitative Reasoning in Nursing Practice: A Framework and Resources for Creating Engaging Tasks

Saturday, August 1, 1:00 p..m. - 2:20 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


A national task force seeking to improve quantitative education practices for nurses has advocated for integrating the complexities of nursing practice into mathematics instruction. Consistent with these efforts and recent recommendations from an interdisciplinary convening of leaders, this workshop will engage participants in authentic nursing tasks that can be modified for traditional and online Quantitative Reasoning courses for all learners.

Daniel Ozimek, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Glenn Murphy, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Victor Piercey, Ferris State University
Gayle Watson, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Joan Zoellner, The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin