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Thursday, April 8 • 8:30am - 9:15am
Lightning Talk Room 1: Spotlight on STEM

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Evaluating a Two-Semester Sequence of OER-Based Precalculus Courses
Marianna Gleger, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Baltimore City Community College and Nataliya Reznichenko, Professor, Mathematics, Baltimore City Community College

In this lightning talk, participants will learn about the evaluation of a two-semester sequence of OER-based precalculus courses. The talk will focus on the following aspects of OER: a) cost in comparison to other resources (Pearson’s MyLab Math, McGraw Hill’s ALEKS); b) student satisfaction using surveys; c) course-level effectiveness, using grades, attendance, persistence, and retention metrics; and d) learning objective effectiveness, using the following student learning outcomes data. In addition, participants will learn about a vision, plan, and commitment to develop an OER pathway across courses.

Social Justice Problems within a Statistics Course using MyOpenMath
Mark Shore, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, University of DC & JoAnna Shore, Associate Professor, College of Business, Frostburg State University

In this lightning talk, participants will view a Statistics course developed on MyOpenMath, which incorporates recent relevant social issue problems using elementary data analytics procedures. Students use large Excel files to research topics such as police killings and Covid19 deaths for different races, salaries based on gender, and many other topics. Students use real data from Excel files to answer these questions. This course is available to be copied from MyOpenMath.

Recognizing Our Diversity: Scientist Spotlight Features
Dan Ferandez, Professor Physical Sciences, Anne Arundel Community College

A team of Anne Arundel Community College Earth Science instructors participated in a grant project this past semester through the “Supporting & Advancing Geoscience Education for 2-Year Colleges” (SAGE 2YC) program. The project culminated in a workshop and a summary of our discoveries & experiences, of which the “scientist spotlight feature” was a portion. This presentation focuses on that portion, which aimed to have students learn more about scientists from diverse backgrounds. In this lightning talk, participants will a) get introduced to a simple strategy involving diversity, equity, & inclusion; b) explore activities focused on scientist spotlights so students can become more aware of scientists from different backgrounds; c) help students identify with scientists that may share similar backgrounds, situations, & challenges; and d) share insights & any prior experiences with this type of assignment/project.


Mark Shore

Professor, Mathematics, Allegany College of Maryland
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Nataliya Reznichenko

Professor Mathematics and Engineering, Baltimore City Community College

Dan Ferandez

Meteorology & Oceanography Professor Physical Sciences Department, Anne Arundel Community College
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Marianna Gleger

Assistant Prof. Of Mathematics Mathematics and Engineering, Baltimore City Community College

JoAnna Shore

Associate Professor Management, Frostburg State University

Thursday April 8, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am EDT
Lightning 1: Spotlight on STEM