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Education Sessions

2020 CMS Winter Meeting, December 3-8

ORGANIZERS

Andie Burazin (Toronto)

Lauren DeDieu (Calgary)

Miroslav Lovric (McMaster)

Creative Assessments in the COVID-19 times

ABSTRACT

We are interested to know specifically what questions/problems you’re using in your online assessments (homework, projects, tests, exam), and to hear about reactions from your students, together with your thoughts and critique. In particular, we’d like to hear about non-standard questions, i.e., the ones that you used knowing that your assessment is online. Did it work? If you were concerned about cheating, did your questions (together with your testing strategy) manage to reduce it?

You are welcome to present an entire assessment, or discuss a small subset of questions from your test. Although we are interested in standard first year courses (calculus, linear algebra), we will happily welcome your questions from other first year courses you’ve been teaching, and from level two math and stats courses as well. As a take-away, we will prepare a handout with all questions discussed in the session.

ORGANIZERS

Andie Burazin (Toronto)

Peter Taylor (Queen’s)

The Legacy of Mindstorms

ABSTRACT

This is the 40th anniversary of the publication of Seymour Papert’s (1980) landmark monograph Mindstorms. Mitch Resnick of the MIT Media Lab has written a forward to an anniversary edition of this remarkable book.  In this he observes that Papert took Piaget’s idea that learning is best described as constructing knowledge to the next critical level, that children need construction projects in the classroom. That appears to be about children but in an earlier paper he comments on the trend that primary school and even kindergarten seem to be moving away from play-based learning towards more direct instruction of skills of literacy and numeracy . He asserts

In my mind, exactly the opposite is needed: Instead of making kindergarten like the rest of school, we need to make the rest of school (indeed, the rest of life) more like kindergarten.

The purpose of this session is to propose potential “construction projects” in first-year courses.