MyLab Monday – Getting Started

MyLab Monday – Getting Started

This semester I am devoting Mondays to getting the most out of MyLab for math instructors – MyLab Monday! If you have topics related to MyLab that you’d like me to address, or if you have questions about MyLab, please reach out to me by leaving a comment or by visiting the contact page on my website: georgewoodbury.com. Starting from Scratch If you are a first time user you will need your Pearson rep to create an account for you….

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Using Facebook Groups In Online Classes

Using Facebook Groups In Online Classes

I am teaching an online statistics class this summer, and things are going really well. One reason behind that is the Facebook group page I created for the class. Here are a couple benefits that I have observed. Ability to Contact Students when Course Site is Down Pearson performed some scheduled maintenance on their site during the first weekend of the class. Due to some issues, it took about a day longer than expected. Without the Facebook group, my only…

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New Statistics Blog (Fall 2017)

New Statistics Blog (Fall 2017)

I am starting a new blog to document my day-to-day activities in my introductory statistics classes in Fall 2017, as well as sharing general thoughts on teaching statistics, using Interactive Statistics, incorporating technology, and many other ideas. I will also be sharing classroom materials as I use them. You can check it out here: George Woodbury’s Statistics Blog: https://georgewoodbury.com/statblog/ I have included buttons for following the blog via email or WordPress. George

Case Study of Interactive Statistics in an Online Class

Case Study of Interactive Statistics in an Online Class

I’m really proud of this latest study involving our Interactive Statistics (I am a co-author with Michael Sullivan) by Sam Bazzi at Henry Ford College. I saw Sam present his results at ICTCM and was really impressed. I encourage you to check out his case study. Read the Study Here This reinforces the fact that there is not a better product to use in an online statistics course: students persisted at higher rates and their test scores improved as the…

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Flipping a Two Hour Class – Intro Stats

Flipping a Two Hour Class – Intro Stats

This semester I am teaching a short term Intro Stats class, and I have found it more challenging to flip this class. The class meets 4 days a week for 2 hours a day. This can be difficult because I typically have two main concepts to cover, and students have trouble preparing for a second topic until they get a chance to work on the first concept in class. I will share some of the strategies I have used. The…

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Using IF-AT as Part of Exam Review

Using IF-AT as Part of Exam Review

One of the highlights of the recent ICTCM conference was Eric Mazur’s keynote address about “Assessment For Learning.” He mentioned an assessment technique known as IF-AT (Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique) that reminded me a great deal of the review strategy I have been using in my intermediate algebra course. (Here’s a blog on that review strategy.) I thought it was a great idea to try, so immediately postponed my elementary algebra exams on systems of two linear equations in two…

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ICTCM 2017 

ICTCM 2017 

Had a great time at ICTCM 2017 in Chicago. And I learned a lot. Between Maria Andersen’s opening day keynote and Eric Mazur’s Saturday sessions I feel that I am making good progress in some areas, but there is still room for improvement. My “lecture time” is very active and engaging, but I feel like I need to turn it up a bit and allow my students more time to experiment and discover. I need to use assessment FOR learning. …

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Learning Catalytics- #ICTCM17

Learning Catalytics- #ICTCM17

This Saturday I will be speaking at ICTCM about how I use Learning Catalytics in my Statistics and Algebra courses.  Collecting Homework  I started slowly in my Statistics courses, using Learning Catalytics to collect “written” homework. I often give written assignments to supplement MyStatLab exercises, and Learning Catalytics allows me to collect certain problems or parts of certain problems. The answers are automatically graded and scores are transferred to my grade book in MyStatLab. This strategy encourages students to do…

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A Student Shares a Great Observation

A Student Shares a Great Observation

Today in my elementary algebra class we were reviewing solving systems of equations by addition or substitution. We were going over a system where students were having trouble determining what number to multiply each equation by in the system in order to eliminate the variable x. We had been discussing that the goal is to find the LCM of 12 and 14, but I told them that on exam day they could always fall back on multiplying each equation by…

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Flipping Elementary Algebra

Flipping Elementary Algebra

This semester I am teaching two sections of elementary algebra using a flipped classroom model. The approach is different than the way I have flipped my statistics course, but has been very effective. I am relying heavily on MyMathLab outside the classroom. For each section that we cover … Students complete a “Flip” assignment before the material is discussed in class. The assignment contains conceptual videos that introduce each topic as well as videos of examples where problems are worked…

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