In the Spotlight: MAT2540 – Discrete Structures and Algorithms II

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STEM faculty,¬†have you ever felt unsure about how to use the OpenLab for your coursework? If so, check out Prof. Kate Poirier’s course site for MAT2540 – Discrete Structures and Algorithms II. With a highly functional site design, Prof. Poirier’s¬†course information is arranged by Course Policies (including grading guidelines), Calendar, Homework, Quizzes, Discussion, and Links¬†offering further resources. All information is clear and accessible. An especially exciting innovation is the test review that Prof. Poirier has students do. Here each student explains how they solved one particular problem on a recent test, thereby exposing their peers to their thought-processes and creating room for suggestions and discussion. Be sure to check out the site if you would like¬†to see¬†a useful example of Math coursework happening on the OpenLab!

In the Spotlight: ECON2505 – Environmental Economics

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For ECON2505 – Environmental Economics, Profs. Diana Mincyte and Sean MacDonald have built a course site featuring reading assignments, exam materials, PowerPoint presentations, and extra credit options. You can see here, for example, their detailed instructions for a research project that their students will do. Students in the class also¬†write weekly posts in response to their readings. And they’ll be able¬†to use the site to post¬†their final presentations and review each other’s work. See the site here¬†for more!