Advisement questions

Dear Fellows,

As faculty, you represent the face of the college to our students.  Because of this, you may encounter questions from students that lie outside your area of expertise – mathematical content.  We’ll be spending some time on November 17th addressing these kinds of questions, and giving you the resources you need to help direct students most effectively. 

Before Seminar 6 on November 17, please post here on the OpenLab ONE or TWO EXAMPLES of questions you’ve received from students that are *not* directly related to course content (questions about registration, careers, financial aid, bureaucracy, personal problems, etc.) – especially questions you aren’t sure how to answer, or “questions that scare you!”




STEM Application Ideas

Dear Fellows,

At our next meeting, Seminar #4, we will begin to work on creating STEM applications for the MAT 1275 topic you have chosen, incorporating some of the pedagogies we have discussed so far. Here are some examples you may want to look at for inspiration:

You may also wish to take a look at the deliverables created by last year’s OG fellows here:

We look forward to seeing you on October 20!

Kind Regards,
Marianna and Laura

MAT1275 Syllabus: Choose an OER topic!

Hello all!

We have created a version of the MAT1275 syllabus which you may find useful, “MAT1275 Syllabus: WebWork Sets + OERs [pdf], and we have a quick OpenLab assignment for you!

MAT1275 Syllabus_ WebWork Sets + OERs


As you can see:

  • we have taken the department’s session-by-session outline of topics and replaced the textbook homework column with the corresponding WebWork sets for each session.  This will hopefully be useful when you teach MAT1275 using WebWork!
  • we we have also added an “OER(s)” column.  So far we have listed the OERs created by last year’s Opening Gateways fellows, and each entry is a hyperlink that leads to the dropbox folders which contain the OER materials.

The latter should also be useful when you teach MAT1275–hopefully you will try to use one or more of the existing OERs!

But in the immediate term, this may help you choose a topic for your own STEM OER! Eventually we would like OERs for most of the topics in the course, so you could consider choosing a topic that wasn’t covered by last year’s cohort. Or if you have already chosen a topic for your STEM application that was covered by someone in last year’s cohort, take a look at those materials (and perhaps try to do something slightly different?)

Finally, to get some discussion going, we’d like you each to post a comment below with the syllabus topic you’ve chosen for your STEM OER. This could be just a single sentence, e.g., “My STEM OER will address the syllabus topic of logarithmic functions”; but feel free to tell us more if you have some preliminary ideas about specific STEM applications, pedagogical techniques, technologies, etc.

Open Digital Pedagogies

We are excited that our next seminars for City Tech Fellow and BMCC fellows are fast approaching!

For our City Tech fellows:

Seminar #2: Using Open Digital Pedagogies in the Math Classroom

City Tech, room N227, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


Open Digital Pedagogy=Critical Pedagogy by Jody R. Rosen and Maura A. Smale

Reading Prompt and Agenda

r our BMCC fellows:

Seminar #2: Inquiry Based Learning

BMCC, room S 613, 11 am – 2 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

The OG Team