Workshop on Teaching and Managing Large Undergraduate Mathematics Courses in a Changing World

AMS Workshop: Teaching and Managing Large Undergraduate Mathematics Courses in a Changing World, organized by P. Gavin LaRose, University of Michigan and Bryan Mosher, University of Minnesota; Part I, Thursday, 1:00–3:00 pm and Part II, Friday, 10:00 am–12:00 pm. This workshop will bring together course coordinators and program directors of large enrollment undergraduate mathematics courses to explore and isolate common themes in and issues that are confronting these courses at universities across the country. Topics for the workshop will be drawn from those concerns that are most salient in mathematics education today. These may include: determining how the transition back to in-person learning should reflect lessons learned from teaching online during the pandemic; promoting equity and increasing inclusion of students from groups historically excluded from STEM education; best practices for assessment in person and online; placement and just-in-time instructional remediation; and instructor training and development. The focus will be on isolating topics and issues that are of growing importance, and on practical observations and solutions as implemented at universities. We will focus on providing concrete ideas and practical discussion of issues that are of greatest interest to participants.

The workshop is motivated by our changing and challenging world of education. There are concerns and hurdles confronting education that are common to undergraduate mathematics programs at large, especially public, universities, where hundreds to thousands of students are taking our courses at the same time. Further, while many of these concerns and hurdles are commonly seen across this type of institution, some become apparent to some universities before they are significant at others. The goal of the workshop is to build lines of communication in our community, allowing us to benefit from the work that has already been done to address problems and to anticipate where concerns are likely to appear for all of our institutions.

The workshop will be structured around short (10 minute) presentations invited by the organizers, and informal (5 minute) discussion cases from the workshop participants. These will be organized by themes, with presentations being followed by breakout discussions in which all participants are able to raise the questions that are of greatest interest to them, in groups that are structured to maximize the effectiveness of the information being exchanged.

No registration is necessary to attend.