WELCOME to the LACOL Quantitative Skills (QS) Module Showcase. Browse the module prototypes below.
Background: The LACOL Quantitative Skills working group is collaborating to develop a shared library of online modules that can help support students in their quantitative work across the disciplines. Module design combines instructional content (curated resources such as videos or simulations) with a sequence of activities and assessments that provide students with the institutional and curricular context. A major goal of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of modules in different settings, either as standalone resources or embedded within coursework or a QS/QR mentoring program. Because the focus is on application of math skills in context, the team is seeking input from instructors across the disciplines.
Prototypes under development:
Number Sense: Fermi Estimation
Graphing: Deciding on a graph type
Algebra: Linear Functions (CUBE example)
Algebra: Strategies for Solving Word Problems
Number Sense 

Number Sense: Estimating Large Numbers 
Module Purpose: Students practice translating a word problem into mathematical relationships, learning a process of arriving at a reasonable answer, becoming proficient in estimating quantities and making assumptions and in appreciating order of magnitude knowledge. The word problem presented is often referred to as a Fermi problem, named after physicist Enrico Fermi as he was known for his ability to make good approximate calculations with little or no actual data. The ability to estimate quantities is a useful skill in many disciplines, and a student may be called on to apply it in settings ranging from estimating the required amounts of reagents to estimating the economic feasibility of setting up a bakery in Northfield, MN.
Notes on Strategy: The module breaks down the strategy of arriving at an answer to an estimation question (Fermi Problem) as follows:
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Module Prototype: Approximately how many dentists are there in Fresno, CA?
• ENTER THE FERMI MODULE • 
Graphing 

Graphing: Deciding on a graph type 
Module Purpose: Students
Notes on Strategy: The module breaks down the strategy of arriving at an answer as follows:

Module Prototype: Choosing a graph type
• ENTER THE GRAPHING MODULE • 
Algebra 

Algebra: Linear Functions 
Module Purpose: This module reviews linear functions, their graphical representations, and fitting data with linear functions. You can watch instructional videos that provide an introduction to functions, average rate of change, and linear regression & data analysis. Then you’ll be asked to apply these topics to a problem exploring the Keeling curve, which describes the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Notes on Strategy: The module breaks down the strategy as follows:

Module Prototype: Linear Functions
As you enter, click the ‘GUEST ACCESS’ button to see this module in Moodle. • ENTER THE LINEAR FUNCTIONS MODULE • 
Algebra: Strategies for Solving Word Problems 
Module Purpose: Students …
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Module Prototype: Strategies for solving word problem
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