LACOL Hack-a-thon Toward a Collaborative Quantitative Skills Support Framework

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See also: QLAB project launch http://lacol.net/qlab-launch

This January, LACOL’s Quantitative Skills working group held a 3­-day intensive workshop (also known as a hack­-a­-thon) to explore a shared framework for review of online modules designed to strengthen students’ quantitative skills (QS) and quantitative reasoning (QR). The face-to-face event was designed by a core team of faculty and technologists from the QS group.  The workshop was hosted at Carleton College, with support from the Office of the President, Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, and Office of Academic Technology.

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Goals for the LACOL QS hack-a-thon:

  1. Identify aspects of existing QS/QR curricula, frameworks, and methods to be adapted as an online module/program by participating colleges. The goal for the collaboration is to enhance, not replace, local offerings.
  2. Plan for participating campuses to pilot one of the frameworks and agree to a process for assessment and sharing results among campuses.
  3. Document workshop outcomes and recommendations to share with colleagues across the liberal arts.

Location: Carleton College

Dates: Jan 9-11, 2017 (live blogging)

Workshop Outline: click here

Special Guest: Jim Rolf, Shizuo Kakutani Lecturer in Mathematics at Yale University; lead for Yale Online Experiences for Yale Scholars (ONEXYS)

Workshop Participants: list

Background:

Throughout the year, the QS working group has been exploring ideas for a collaborative framework to curate or build online tools and resources – including metadata on related pedagogical practices – to support students with QS/QR. Earlier this year, QS group members contributed to a joint exercise informally titled “What do we mean by quantitative skills?” to generate a shared list of key skills across the quantitative disciplines that students will need to have or acquire early in their academic careers. This common skills list provides input into strategies for helping students identify and close gaps.
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Live from the LACOL QS Hack-a-thon at Carleton College (Jan 9-11)

Welcome! Here is a slideshow and live tweets from the #LACOLQS hack-a-thon, Jan 9-11 on the campus of Carleton College.

Colleagues with wide-ranging expertise and disciplinary interests from seven LACOL schools spent three days sharing, working and learning side-by-side at the hack-a-thon. Together, the team developed an initial draft and prototypes of a collaborative framework for creating/curating and evaluating online QS/QR modules that can boost students success and improve access. With inspiration from special guest Jim Rolf from Yale ONEXYS, we delved deeply into collaborative strategies for design, implementation and measuring effectiveness. A grand time was had by all … and more to come! (Read more about the project.)

  • Next stop LACOLQS Hackathon carletoncollege
    6 months ago Next stop:  #LACOLQS  Hack-a-thon  @carletoncollege 
  • Getting modular LACOLQS
    6 months ago Getting modular  #LACOLQS 
  • Packing a few essentials for the LACOLQS hackthon Jan 911hellip
    6 months ago Packing a few essentials for the  #LACOLQS  hack-thon, Jan 9-11  @carletoncollege 
  • Yes we do LACOLQS
    6 months ago Yes we do.  #LACOLQS 
  • Day 2 ! LACOLQS
    6 months ago Day 2 !  #LACOLQS 
  • M EblenZayas draws examples from Carleton CUBE to fuel collabhellip
    6 months ago M. Eblen-Zayas draws examples from Carleton CUBE to fuel collab  #LACOLQS 
  • Afternoon breakout  connecting Pomona colleagues to Carleton via Zoomhellip
    6 months ago Afternoon breakout ... connecting Pomona colleagues to Carleton via Zoom  #LACOLQS 
  • J Rolf shares insights from Yale ONEXYS LACOLQS
    6 months ago J Rolf shares insights from Yale ONEXYS  #LACOLQS 
  • Expert mingle! LACOLQS
    6 months ago Expert mingle!  #LACOLQS 
  • badges for Yales online summer bridge for QS ONEXYS LACOLQS
    1 year ago badges for Yale's online summer bridge for QS, ONEXYS  #LACOLQS 
  • Students perspective LACOLQS
    6 months ago Students perspective  #LACOLQS 
  • Welcome to colleagues joining remotely SF  LA for QShellip
    6 months ago Welcome to colleagues joining remotely (SF & LA) for QS hack-a-thon  #LACOLQS 
  • Breakouts  headsdown work on topical modules in this casehellip
    6 months ago Breakouts ... heads-down work on topical modules (in this case, graphing)  #LACOLQS 
  • Thanks to E Mistry and C Born in Carleton AThellip
    6 months ago Thanks to E Mistry and C Born in Carleton AT  #LACOLQS 
  • The incomparable J Russell at LACOLQS
    6 months ago The incomparable J Russell at  #LACOLQS 
  • Hacking the Qbits LACOLQS
    6 months ago Hacking the Q-bits  #LACOLQS 
  • Sharing our campus perspectives LACOLQS
    6 months ago Sharing our campus perspectives  #LACOLQS 
  • Problems problems LACOLQS
    6 months ago Problems problems  #LACOLQS 

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Carleton CUBE Debrief

Meeting:

Debrief on Carleton’s CUBE pilot (online summer bridge program for quantitative skills)

On October 19, LACOL held a webinar with special guests Melissa Eblen-Zayas and Janet Russell from Carleton College.  In this one-hour session, Melissa and Janet shared their experiences running the first iteration of the ‘Carleton Undergraduate Bridge Experience’ or CUBE, a new online summer bridge program designed to support entering students with quantitative skills and reasoning.  Carleton’s creative approach to developing CUBE riveted the audience at the June LACOL workshop as the pilot was just getting underway.  Now in this “debrief” session, you can hear all about what went into running the program in the first round, how students responded, and the lessons that were learned.  The meeting was held in Zoom with ample opportunity for Q&A and discussion.

Special Guests:

  • Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, Carleton College
  • Janet Russell, Director of Academic Technology, Carleton College

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Date:

Wednesday, Oct 19

Time:

  • Pacific: 8am-9am
  • Central: 10am-11am
  • Eastern: 11am-noon

 

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Working Group on Quantitative Skill

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LACOL’s Quantitative Skills Group is focused on providing students with the preparation they need to engage in quantitative reasoning across the disciplines. In addition, the group is exploring ways our network may enrich opportunities for advanced study and collaborative faculty-student research.

Activities and Interests of this group include:

  • Study group for ongoing dialogue about emerging pedagogies for liberal arts teaching and learning for the quantitative disciplines; comparing campus data
  • Collecting and sharing of online and adaptive  tools and resources to support student learning
  • Experiment with online communities and peer networks to support students and peer tutors
  • Opportunities to connect faculty and students for upper level learning through online exchange
Quantitative Skills Intranet Home: http://lacol.net/collab/

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