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Professional Development & Resources

OPEN Math

Resource MAA Programs

What is OPEN Math?

The OPEN Math or Online Professional Enhancement and Capacity Building for Instructional Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics project is improving math instruction throughout the country by providing high-quality online professional development workshops around themes of active learning tailored to higher education math faculty through a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to understand effective practices in delivering online teaching and learning-focused professional development.  

Read the full project abstract for the MAA here, and for CU-B here

Upcoming Events & Activities

Implementing Research-Based Instruction in Introductory Proofs Courses

Join The Proofs Project team for this online workshop on July 29-30 & August 1-2.

Engaging Multivariable Calculus Students using CalcPlot3D and 3D-Printed Surfaces

Learn to use CalcPlot3D and hands-on explorations, July 22-25.

Building Curriculum-Focused Interdisciplinary Faculty Partnerships

Looking to establish interdisciplinary partnerships to strengthen your introductory mathematics courses? This online learning community will leverage the lessons learned from the SUMMIT-P project.

Why Professional Development?

Using the metaphor of a lever (a simple machine used to move an object at one location by applying a smaller force somewhere else), we believe that supporting and nourishing the community of leaders/providers/facilitators of teaching-focused professional development can have large effects downstream in our classroom teaching and even upstream in the change-culture of our departments and institutions.

Teaching-focused professional development can...

  • help instructors improve skills in research-based teaching by providing resources and models, facilitating changes in knowledge and beliefs, and welcoming them into a  community of common practice;
  • build leadership capacity to strengthen research-based teaching in coordinated math courses, across programs, and within the larger mathematics community; and
  • strengthen learning, encourage persistence, and broaden the participation of students in the downstream classes.

Why Online?

  • We can use and strengthen the new skills we have developed (since 2020) in teaching & leading groups online.
  • We can make professional development more affordable, more accessible, and more equitable.
  • We can reduce the environmental footprint of running professional development and disseminating research on teaching and learning.

Project Team