Opening Gateways: Supporting Success in STEM through Success in Gateway Mathematics

CUNY CUE Conference 2019
May 10, 2019
New York City College of Technology’s new Academic Complex, 285 Jay Street

Presenters:  Jonas Reitz, Charlie Edwards, Laura Ghezzi, Andrew Parker

Abstract: “Opening Gateways to Completion: Open Digital Pedagogies for Student Success in STEM” is a 5 year collaborative grant between the New York City College of Technology and the Borough of Manhattan Community College funded through the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (Title V) program.  The project supports student success in mathematics courses that serve as gateways to STEM disciplines, courses that often act as barriers to progress and completion in these disciplines. Cohorts of full-time and part-time faculty from both campuses take part in an intensive professional development seminar, where they are exposed to active learning strategies, open digital pedagogies, multiplayer and flipped classroom techniques, games in the classroom, WeBWorK, Desmos and much more.

An ecosystem of high-quality OERs support the pedagogy of our participants. WeBWorK, an open source alternative to expensive and proprietary online homework systems, serves as a platform for the development of problems and problem sets aligned with the curriculum, with customized feedback and error-recognition.  At City Tech, additional development has bridged WeBWorK and the OpenLab: students seeking help on WeBWorK are directed to an OpenLab community space where they can ask and answer questions. Classroom activities and STEM applications developed by our participants, and a curated collection of resources such as online videos, round out our OER ecosystem.

Join us to learn more about our professional development model and see first hand some of the exciting OERs, activities and STEM applications developed and utilized by our participants for Algebra and Precalculus courses.