A group of us within AMATYC have been working on new developmental math courses for the past 3 years — the New Life subcommittee of the Developmental Mathematics Committee. Part of our efforts are meant to help more people understand a different view of what developmental mathematics can be … a model that frees us from the limitations of the old system, and provides better mathematics for our students.
You can find descriptive material about the courses over at the New Life wiki (dm-live.wikispaces.com) ; specifically, information on MLCS (Mathematical Literacy for College Students) at http://dm-live.wikispaces.com/Mathematical+Literacy+for+College+Students, and information on Transitions (the second course) at http://dm-live.wikispaces.com/TransitionsCourse. We also have presentations on this blog site about the courses (see http://www.devmathrevival.net/?page_id=116).
Currently, we are busy getting ready for a workshop about these courses to be held at this year’s AMATYC Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The workshop will share more detailed information about the learning outcomes in MLCS and Transitions. During this 2-hour session, we will look at the content so that faculty can become more comfortable with these new courses.
The AMATYC workshop is scheduled for Friday (November 9) from 1:45 to 3:45 pm in the Grand 3 ballroom.
A separate session on the New Life model in general will be held on Thursday (November 8) from 9:00 to 9:50am in the River Terrace 1 room. If you would like to really get to know the model from New Life you might consider attending both sessions.
For information on the conference, see http://www.amatyc.org/Events/conferences/2012Jacksonville/index.html. Registration has not begun yet … that will start within a few weeks.
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