March 30, 2011 I met with one BCC faculty member, Mary Jennings, to discuss BAKE and have scheduled meetings during the next two weeks with 3 other faculty members recommended by the math chair. Mary was interested in Webworks and I connected her with Bob at College of San Mateo. She was also a strong advocate of removing the overlap between elem and inter algebra. Following up on the 3/18 webinar with Tue, I ordered the two Tue-recommended textbooks for StatPath so i can study their feasibility for a BCC course that is text-based. I signed on to the 4/1 webinar on StatPath being offered by Carnegie. My meeting with Scott Hoshida of the BCC Learning Resource Center focused more on how to develop a math faculty inquiry group, a project he is leading. March 15, 2011 I continue to send emails to math faculty on a weekly basis informing them about BAKE activities. Elisabeth Chermouni, a part-timer, replied that she was an advocate of the restructuring of elementary and intermediate algebra, and I sent her contact information to Christine Will at Laney. She did not volunteer to participate in Christine's forum. I am beginning to meet with faculty face-to-face and so have scheduled two face-to-face meetings this week: one with Mary Jennings, a part-time instructor, and one with Scott Hoshida, coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center at BCC. I have sent an email to the chair of the Math Dept, Salvador Garcia, asking to meet with him. I have not had any other responses to my emails from other faculty. I prepared for the 3/18 webinar on Statpath by providing Tue with a list of questions raised by my watching the 1st week class videos. These became the basis of an FAQ which Tue has posted on his Algebra for Statistics site. Feb 11, 2011: I will be focusing this semester primarily on two items: (1) becoming knowledgeable about the Statpath ("Algebra for Statistics") course at Los Medanos in the hopes that during fall 2011 I will then be able to prepare and submit documents to establish a similar experimental course at BCC. (2) informing other BCC faculty about BAKE resources and and encouraging their participation as either givers and/or receivers of information.
Daniel Najjar reflects on BAKE activities at Berkeley City. Here's a brief summary of the areas that we decided to focus on at our launch meeting on 1/11/11. 1. StatPath - online resources and discussions for a faculty project team led by a math instructor at Los Medanos College about an intensive (6 credit hr) experimental 1-semester remedial course that serves as a precursor to college-level statistics and incorporates/replaces elementary/intermediate algebra pre-requisites. participants will review lesson plans and observe videos of actual classtime, and adapt resources to their college context. course focuses on hands-on descriptive and analytical experience with datasets. students work collaboratively.
2. WeBWorK - online resources and discussions by a math instructor at College of San Mateo on how to use this free online resource. instructors can post homework exercises and/or assign already posted exercises. this instructor has creeated online algebra homework for his students using WeBWorK
3. Assessment - shared discussion space and resources about math assessment (placement) tests across community colleges. leader is a math chair in the south bay.
4. Reconstructing Elementary and Intermediate Algebra - shared discussion space about attempts to revise the elementary algebra-intermediate algebra curriculum. leader is an instructor at laney college.
5. Active Learning in Elementary Algebra - an instructor from Orange County is providing a series of easy techniques to engage your students in active learning within Elementary Algebra classes. Faculty can participate at several levels, from receiving the workbook of methods and resources through to trying out the techniques and discussing impacts on learning with colleagues.