Michael & Jonathan,
The idea for our project we talked about is a three credit first year math experience course that could potentially be a course that all students have to take like students have to take a three credit English/writing course in their first year. We want the course to start with the concrete and move to the abstract and teach important math concepts that are powerful and personally relevant to the students. We also want the course to be an exploration of the different careers that relate to the math concepts and help student figure out the right program for them based on the math they enjoy most in the course. We want the main learning objectives to be communication, critical thinking (problem solving), and teamwork and hope to do more projects and very few, possibly no, tests. This is only part of the ideas and I am probably leaving out some important items. But when we meet again you can get a better feel for our idea and let us know what you think.
Jessica is going to set up our zoom meetings for every Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30 PM and a google docs where we share what we think are the most important topics to cover in the course, what the main learning objectives should be, and how we will measure whether we meet the learning objective. We are also going to share in google docs any math courses we know that are similar to this idea. Jessica knows about some courses at ISU that are similar and I am going to share the syllabus and schedule for the Math 123 course I teach here at CWI.
Jessica & Ann - If I left anything out or said something that needs to be corrected please chime in!