In November 2017, Dr. Laura J. Muller, Director of Quantitative Skills Programs and Peer Support at Williams College and a member of the QLAB core team*, gave a presentation on the Q-bits Pilot to an audience of educators at the annual National Numeracy Network (NNN) Conference in New York.
Muller (pictured above right at the 2017 QS Hack-a-thon alongside Prof. A. Honig, Amherst College) has been at the forefront of Q-bits module design and implementation as part of a multi-year, multi-campus collaboration called QLAB. Given Laura’s teaching background and expertise in peer support and tutoring for Quantitative Skills and Reasoning, she’s interested in assessing the potential for online modules like Q-bits which can provide just-in-time support to help students brush up on, and apply, quantitative methods and concepts across the curriculum.
At NNN, Laura focused on issues of meta-cognition, student confidence, and transfer of QS/QR knowledge and skills across different context.
A distinguishing features of the Q-bits design is the opportunity for students to see that it’s worth investing time in learning certain foundational concepts that they will see over and over in their academic career.
In the coming year, Laura and the project team will focus on testing Q-bits in the context of tutoring centers, peer support programs, and classroom settings.
Follow Laura’s work on Twitter @WilliamsQuASP
*LACOL QLAB core team members:
- Melissa Eblen-Zayas (lead), Assoc. Professor of Physics and Director of the Perelman Learning and Teaching Center, Carleton College
- Adam Honig, Professor of Economics and Faculty Director of the Moss Quantitative Center, Amherst College
- Laura J. Muller, Director of Quantitative Skills Programs and Peer Support, Williams College
- Janet Russell, Director of Academic Technology, Carleton College
- In consultation with the Science Education Resource Center (SERC)