[MOSAIC-news] July 15 Project MOSAIC M-CAST: Using Webwork for activities and homework assignments

Nicholas Horton nhorton at smith.edu
Fri Jul 15 10:05:03 CDT 2011

Apologies for my scheduling error: today's M-CAST will be taking place at
2:00pm EDT, 1:00pm CDT, 11:00am PDT.

On 7/7/11 10:55 AM, "Nicholas Horton" <nhorton at smith.edu> wrote:

> Be sure to join us on Friday, July 15th for a Project MOSAIC M-CAST entitled
> " Using Webwork for activities and homework assignments" led by Joe Mahaffy of
> San Diego State University.
> Webwork is a system support by the Mathematical Association of America that
> allows instructors to post on-line activities and homework assignments for
> their students that can be automatically graded, and parameters can be set
> to allow retries.  There is a very large collection of existing problems,
> and instructors can write new problems in a language that closely resembles
> Latex with some PERL inserts.  It's easy to learn by drawing on the already
> published problems.  The webinar will introduce some examples of Webwork
> problems, and show how to get started writing your own.  Indications are
> that using Webwork substantially increases students' engagement and
> participation in their mathematics courses.
> There are other M-CASTS organized by the MOSAIC Project
> (www.mosaic-web.org) on a variety of interesting topics. In particular, on
> July 29, 2011, Christophe Gole from Smith College will be discussing "a New
> academic program in Biomathematical Sciences" at 1:00pm EDT (noon CDT,
> 10:00am PDT). We encourage you to join in on the conversation and discussion
> for any or all of them.
> Tuning in to an M-CAST: Instructions
> M-CASTS are broadcast using the ReadyTalk computer conferencing system.
> 1. Direct your browser to the ReadyTalk web server
> <http://www.readytalk.com/>  and enter access code 2923887. This provides
> the video component of the M-CAST.
> 2. For audio, telephone 866-740-1260 <tel:866-740-1260>  and at the voice
> prompt, enter the same access code: 2923887.  You must dial in for the
> audio.
> The audio is two-way: a conference call that supports the seminar style of
> the event.
> What's an M-CAST?
> M-Casts are 20-minute seminars broadcast over the Internet on the 2nd, 4th,
> and 5th Friday of each month.  They are part of Project MOSAIC
> <http://www.causeweb.org/wiki/mosaic/index.php/Main_Page>, an NSF-sponsored
> project to improve undergraduate STEM education by better integrating
> Modeling, Statistics, Computation, and Calculus.  M-Casts are designed to
> provide a quick and easy way for educators to share ideas, get reactions
> from others, and form collaborations.
> M-Casts are recorded and posted on the Internet soon after the event.
> This document is part of an interactive MOSAIC Wiki
> <http://www.causeweb.org/wiki/mosaic/index.php/Main_Page>, which provides a
> forum for sharing additional ideas and materials, for discussion, and for
> reports of experiences using the ideas presented in the M-Cast.  Access to
> most of the Wiki requires a login account, available to educators by
> request. Contact Danny Kaplan
> <http://www.causeweb.org/wiki/mosaic/index.php/User:Kaplan> for an account
> or more information.
> If you have a MOSAIC login, click on the title of any M-CAST to access the
> Wiki pages for materials, discussion, etc.
> What's Project MOSAIC?
> Project MOSAIC (www.mosaic-web.org) is a community of educators working to
> develop a new way to introduce mathematics, statistics, computation and
> modeling to students in colleges and universities.
> Our goal: Provide a broader approach to quantitative studies that provides
> better support for work in science and technology.  The focus of the project
> is to tie together better diverse aspects of quantitative work that students
> in science, technology, and engineering will need in their professional
> lives, but which are today usually taught in isolation, if at all.
> * Modeling. The ability to create, manipulate and investigate  useful and
> informative mathematical representations of a real-world situations.
> * Statistics. The analysis of variability that draws on our ability to
> quantify uncertainty and to draw logical inferences from observations and
> experiment. 
> * Computation.  The capacity to  think algorithmically, to manage data on
> large scales, to visualize and interact with models, and to automate tasks
> for  efficiency, accuracy, and reproducibility.
> * Calculus. The traditional mathematical entry point for college and
> university students and a subject that still has the potential to provide
> important insights to today's students.
> The name MOSAIC reflects the first letters --- M, S, C, C --- of these
> important components of a quantitative education. Project MOSAIC is
> motivated by a vision of quantitative education as a mosaic where the basic
> materials come together to form a complete and compelling picture.
> Nicholas Horton 
> Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Smith College
> Clark Science Center, Northampton, MA 01063-0001
> http://www.math.smith.edu/~nhorton

Nicholas Horton 
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Smith College
Clark Science Center, Northampton, MA 01063-0001

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