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Free math games to play with your students

From our colleague at the Borough of Manhattan Community College:

Dear Math faculty colleagues, 

I hope the end of your semester went well. I am a math professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York. I just finished an NSF grant in which we created three free math games that you might consider using in your class this summer or in the fall. They can be downloaded to PC or Mac, or to ipad/iphone. More information is available at https://mathgamesforstem.wordpress.com/

The games span in level from basic algebra through precalculus, and are a great way to breakup the class time in long summer classes and in co-requisite classes – you can take 20 to 30 minutes to have your students play the games in class and it really brightens the mood and gets students actively engaged. If you are in-person, students can bring their phones, tablets or laptops to class and share them (it’s more fun for two students to play together). If you are online using Zoom or other video conferencing, you can screen share your own game play and have them tell you what to play next! They can then play the games themselves at home and send screen shots of how far they got. If you are online asynchronous, they can post on the discussion board about which game they liked the most, including a screen shot of their favorite part. 

The games are highly exploratory and interactive and have many levels, for students of all abilities. One game helps with solving equations, from simple all the way to absolute value and quadratics. Another explores line shifts and slope, including trig functions at the highest levels, and the third shows how equations of lines can be used in context. The three games were developed for a summer bridge program, taking students from high school into community college. 

The website explains more of how to use the games, and has download links. I hope you enjoy playing the games with your students, and if you like, drop me a line about how it went! 

Finally, if you are working on a Math Education degree, you might consider studying the effect of these games in the classroom. I have some preliminary data, and would be happy to help anyone who is interested in doing more! 

Dr. Kathleen Offenholley

Professor of Mathematics

Borough of Manhattan Community College

City University of New York (CUNY)

Reminder: TWP Tea Time #3 today, 1-2 pm EST

Increasingly WeBWorK content is being created and implemented for Physics, Chemistry and Engineering courses. Our contributors have created a wealth of rich content. Please join Todd Ruskell (Physics Department, Colorado School of Mines), Agnes d’Entremont (Department of Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering, UBC), Jennifer Kirkey (BC Campus and Douglas College) and Steven Fiedler (Chemistry Department, Fitchburg State University) as they lead a discussion focused on next steps for creating, organizing, curating and sharing non-math WeBWorK content. So if you are looking for content, have content to share with the community, have thoughts about content organization and/or would like to volunteer to help out – this is your chance! We hope to see you there!

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EAMS 2021 Conference Registration/Abstract Submission now open!

Last year, some members of the WeBWorK community presented/attended the EAMS conference and it was a great experience! We encourage you to propose a talk and/or attend this year. Below is the information:

The fourth international conference on E-Assessment in Mathematical Sciences (EAMS) takes place between 21st June and 2nd July 2021. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners with an interest in e-assessment for mathematics and science. 

EAMS 2021 will again be an entirely online conference, following last year’s successful move to a fully virtual format. The conference will feature a mix of live sessions and web-based activities, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and collaboration. 

As many of us have spent much of the last year delivering teaching and assessment online, EAMS 2021 presents an opportunity to share best practice, for experts in the field to present the latest developments, and for those new to e-assessment to get hands-on with software. 

Live talks will take place over Zoom at 9am or 4pm BST (UTC +1) each day, with recordings available later. We hope that the online format and longer timescale will allow participants to engage more deeply with the material presented. 

The call for talk and workshop proposals is currently open. If you have some research or an innovative technique related to mathematical e-assessment that you would like to present, then please submit an abstract at eams.ncl.ac.uk/call-for-speakers.  

To attend the conference, please register for free at eams.ncl.ac.uk/register

CUNY-wide WW courses are ready to share!

The CUNY OER WeBWorK Fellows are pleased to share the following WeBWorK courses:

  1. Calculus I (aligned with Openstax)
  2. Calculus III (2 courses available, one aligned with Openstax and the other with Larson Calculus)
  3. College Algebra and Trigonometry (aligned with Openstax)
  4. Precalculus (aligned with Openstax)
  5. Introductory Statistics with Probability (aligned with Openstax)

If you would like any of the above courses, .tgz files are available. Please contact Marianna Bonanome (mbonanome@citytech.cuny.edu) or Andrew Parker (kparker@citytech.cuny.edu).

Visit their site for more information and to learn about WeBWorK courses and LibreTexts currently under development.

TWP Tea Time #2 Recording Available + WW Office Hours, Volunteers Needed!!

Many thanks to all who attended Tea Time #2! We had a fruitful discussion. The recording of the session can be found here.

TWP would like to start offering office hours so community members could get help with coding problems, maintaining the software and using the platform. If you have WW expertise, please consider volunteering to cover some of the office hours. Here is the sign up link.

Some links shared during the discussion:

https://webwork.maa.org/wiki/MultiAns…

https://webwork.maa.org/wiki/Weighted…

WeBWork at JMM 2021

The WeBWorK Project will have a virtual exhibit as part of the MAA exhibit booth at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Please stop by to see us. The following zoom sessions are part of our exhibit, but we’ll also have asynchronous discussions and posts.
Wed Jan 6, noon-1:00pm* WeBWorK Problem Authoring Session
Thurs Jan 7, noon-1:00pm Introduction to WeBWorK
Thurs Jan 8, 6:00-7:00pm WeBWorK Symposium (BYOB) – meet up with the WeBWorK community
Fri Jan 9, noon-1:00pm WeBWorK Q&A and Show-and-Tell
*(times listed are mountain)

Share your favorite WeBWorK problems/features and ask your questions in one of the zoom sessions or asynchronously through this slack channel.