During the chair meeting people were focused on exams and assessment. Even a couple of weeks later people refocused on how to function in the Fall. I think something we might not have anticipated as a need is "models for hybrid instruction - in person and remote."
Many institutions (like mine) will be doing only remote final exams s this is an important issue.
AMS CoE Meeting is focused on these issues and could be one venue for the webinars.
I know the societies are creating webinars - so I hope TPSE can co-sponsor and only do extra things when there are gaps the societies can't fill.
We will likely adopt the Hyflex instructional model with remote final exams also.
The ‘formative assessment webinar is important, and relates to community building. But the chairs are specifically concerned with summative assessment and I wonder whether it makes sense to host another webinar with that focus … hopefully accompanied by some ‘whitepaper’
Or portfolios where students select and comment on their own work as they reflect back.
(Jenny Quinn’s bog about doing oral exams this quarter)
Seems easier to do orals or projects in higher level classes than in large gateway courses.
Jennifer Quinn has a nice blog sequence on hishttps://mathinthetimeofcorona.wordpress.com/2020/06/11/june-11-day-95-finals-part-ii/experience with oral exams at
But I agree with Kate, TPSE can play the role of offering an evidence based perspective
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The mini-conference will be held virtually on Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th, 2020.
Great point connecting ‘creating community of learners’ and formative/summative assessment
and NOTHING can happen
@Ray: For example Minerva lets you see all the breakout rooms at once …
Wish list for software developers
It might be nice to compile the webinars (both upcoming and past) and send it out to department chairs (or post on social media) in late July-early August to share with faculty while everyone is setting up their courses for fall.
I'll just point out that I got my print copy of MAA Focus today with the TPSE "top 10" that grew out of this group and ESME featured. Nice win for promoting this group's work. Also, #6 on that list is to re-think high stakes assessments; which we really need to emphasize.
Could we do a top 10 tech features / strategies for online community building?
@Ray that might be a product of the community building webinar
Rena Levitt’s ESME 7 April 2020 describes some of Minerva’s features. Jointly sponsored by TPSE https://math.mit.edu/seminars/esme/pastseminars.html
Active learning in an online environment
Possible webinar topic: Structuring your course to reduce dependence on a high stakes final exam.
Possible webinar topic: (alternative) summative assessment
And I'll second Brit's idea; MAA Connect has really been buzzing with questions/ideas on active learning in remote/hybrid environments.
Nitty gritty details on how to structure a project as a form of assessment.
There’s a clearinghouse or research seminars online: https://researchseminars.org/
Maybe we could have something similar for teaching practices/strategies
+1 Nan: an analogue of https://researchseminars.org/
Motivation Toward Learning in Distance Education
That's an interesting topic, Haitham.
We also can reach outside of math and promote applicable webinars. All subjects are considering these ideas.
It there interest in a session on advising student research and mentoring students?
I think that there will be some great successes and failures coming out of this summer’s REU’s and MRCs.
I propose 8/10 or 8/17
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