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Faculty Invitation: Workshop on Quantitative Reasoning Pedagogy & Computational Modeling with Nova Software

April 20, 2015

Please join us June 15-19 at an HHMI/NSF grant-supported workshop on quantitative and formal reasoning pedagogy and computational modeling across the curriculum.

Workshop leaders will include: Eric Gaze: Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Program and Lecturer in Mathematics, Bowdoin College, ME, and current President, National Numeracy Network;
Nancy Darling: Professor of Psychology, Oberlin College, OH;
Wayne M. Getz: A. Starker Leopold Professor of Wildlife Ecology, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Richard M. Salter: Professor of Computer Science, Oberlin College, OH;
Nick Sippl­-Swezey: Research Associate, University of California, San Francisco, CA; and Anthony M. Starfield: Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, MN.

The workshop will consist of two parts:

Part 1 (June 15 and 16, with sessions beginning at 1:30 pm on June 15): Topics in quantitative and formal reasoning pedagogy, introduction to computational modeling

Part 2 (June 17 through 19, with sessions beginning at 9:00 am on June 17): Beginning and advanced topics in computational modeling with the Nova software

The first part of the workshop will create space for participants to share challenges faced in teaching QFR skills in the classroom, learn about effective design and assessment of QFR assignments, cover topics such as behavioral and motivational aspects of learning that can hinder or enhance development of QFR skills, and highlight the role visualization and simulation can play in QFR education.

In part two, sessions led by the workshop leaders will focus on modeling as a discipline, how it is applied in various disciplines, and the pros and cons of using common computer tools across the natural and social sciences. Through guided, hands­-on instruction, participants will build simple models of systems from their disciplines and gain experience with creating reusable model elements. Two parallel streams will be in place to allow for productive learning by novice and advanced learners of Nova alike.

Please email clear@oberlin.edu by May 1 if you plan to attend. Faculty and staff may register to attend either part 1 or 2 or both sections of the workshop. Oberlin participants will receive a stipend of $100 per day (pre-tax)) for participation. Staff with 12-month appointments and faculty who will receive two full months of summer support in 2015 from other grants or sources are not eligible to receive the stipend but are welcome and encouraged to participate.

More details can be found on the conference website, http://oberlinclear.wix.com/oberlinqfrnova.

This workshop is supported by grants to Oberlin College from the National Science Foundation (grant #0939153) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s 2012 Undergraduate Science Education initiative.

For more information, please contact clear@oberlin.edu.