Mary Nelson (STEM Accelerator/Department of Mathematics) talk 9/13, Research Hall room 301

Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) group

This fall, the STEM Accelerator (College of Science) will pilot an interdisciplinary forum through which faculty interested in science education can join in discussions regarding effective education.  Such a forum is vital for sharing successes and pedagogical challenges across disciplines.  The DBER research group will meet every other week, 12-1pm (see schedule below) and will allow an open forum for faculty (and, other interested individuals) to present their experiences, ideas, research and observations gained through effectual science education. Our first discussion will be led by Mary Nelson (STEM Accelerator/Department of Mathematics).  The remaining dates are open, so if you are interested in leading a session, send me ( your preferred date, topic, and a very brief summary of your topic.

*Schedule (Fall 2012)

*Unless otherwise noted, we will meet in Research Hall, #301.



Mary Nelson (STEM Accelerator/Department of Mathematics)

Oral Reviews: Improving Understanding, Grades and Retention

I will discuss the mechanisms for offering oral reviews, present a mock oral and discuss the data we have collected over the past nine years.  The data shows consistent significant improvement in students’ course grades, their attendance and their effort expended in the course.  Failure rates dropped dramatically and students demonstrated a significantly more expert view of the nature of mathematics. These reviews were also used successfully in three Mechanical Engineering courses.