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Mar 8: Tom added a discussion paper to this Folder, on Scenarios for Faculty Colleagues Engaging Department Members with BAKE Resources and Activities.
Mar 7: Tue and Christine will be re-using our FC team meeting slot on Friday Mar 18th for online meetings of our two faculty collaborations
Check the details on these pages to see which colleges are already involved.
Daniel has indicated his interest in the collaboration for Active Learning in Elementary Algebra. Joan is highlighting active learning methods for use in any course, in addition to the list of in-class activities specific to Elementary Algebra topics.
There is also new content in our discussions:
Thanks to all of you who are contributing and engaging your departmental colleagues.
Feb 25: Thanks, everyone, for the productive team meeting today. Remember our follow up items:
Amongst my todo items, I have posted on our site a link to the research paper on Assessing Developmental Assessment released this month by the Community College Research Center. The quote I used in today's meeting is from the conclusion:
"The student assessments most commonly in use (COMPASS and ACCUPLACER) seem to be reasonably valid predictors of students’ grades in college-level courses, at least in math when students are expected to earn a B or higher in the target course… the placement recommendations generated by these tests do not clearly improve student outcomes. This suggests a mismatch between interventions and assessments. ~~ Alternative approaches to assessment may have the potential to improve student outcomes…"~~
Gretchen and I will follow up on the numerous suggestions about people to contact re state-of-the-art in assessment for Dev Math within the California community colleges.
Feb 24: Gretchen has added a note in her weblog below about activities at West Valley College. She and I have also been pursuing ideas about a project on placement/assessment, which I will discuss in the team meeting on Friday 25th.
Gretchen and Bob Hasson have also sent me thoughts about improvements we need to make in the software platform we are using, to make clearer the ways we can use it to support faculty interactions and knowledge exchange. I have periodic meetings with the Curriki leadership to report on our experience, so feel free to share your thoughts at any time. In my meeting with them last week they made some suggestions about other ways for groups to stay in close contact, so I will be experimenting with those on a test site and will expect to improve the ease of use of our facilities once that testing is completed :).
Feb 18: note Hungwen's query in the Laney College weblog below, about an affordable text book for the Arithmetic course. I will circulate this question to the other regions - if there appears to be interest in more discussion I will set up a separate page, otherwise I will ask Hungwen to aggregate the responses and let us know which option Laney decides to follow.
Feb 16: Tom added a document below from the San Diego team, showing how to invite a faculty member to BAKE via an email from your email account (not from Curriki).
Feb 14: Tom added a document below with some text you can insert when you send an Invitation to BAKE to one of your colleagues.
Hungwen mentioned an interest by a Laney faculty member in online games for dev math. Tom created a page for ideas on this, Discussion on Online Games for Dev Math, which is also of interest to someone in the San Diego region Knowledge Exchange who has provided some initial content.
Tom also created a new Ideas and Discussions page in the Faculty Discussions folder for the project Christine is leading on Revamping/Restructuring the Elementary and Intermediate Algebra Sequence.
Tue plans to hold the first online session for the Algebra for Statistics faculty collaboration on Mar 18, from 12:45 to 2:30 pm.
Feb 10: For a faster way to reach this Faculty Colleagues folder, use this link:
Remember that a similar link leads to the BAKE Curriculum page: tinyurl.com/bakedevmath
Feb 4: there is new content in the Recent Contributions list on the Curriculum page, including draft pages to introduce the three theme interactions we have ready to go. More will be added as we get the details pinned down. I also added at the bottom of the Faculty Colleagues folder a copy of the draft description of these and other interactions, which Daniel has used with his colleagues at BCC.