Paper No. 125-4
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MATH YOU NEED AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY: IMPROVING QUANTITATIVE SKILLS IN AN INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY LAB COURSE


BROWNING, Sharon, Geology, Baylor University, One Bear Place # 97354, Waco, TX 76798, Sharon_Browning@baylor.edu
The Math You Need (TMYN) modules were introduced at Baylor University in fall 2012 to address issues of math anxiety common among freshmen non-majors completing their lab science requirement, and to reduce lab time spent reviewing basic math concepts. Modules and associated assessment questions commonly use geoscience examples to illustrate the mathematical principles involved, reinforcing topics addressed in lab. Large enrollments in the course selected for these modules necessitate multiple graduate teaching assistants in the lab, making the online nature of the modules and minimal required involvement of the teaching assistants even more valuable. Students completed three selected modules before encountering associated topics in lab, as well as a pre and post-test to gauge improvement. This presentation will review lessons learned and changes made in the first two semesters of TMYN at Baylor. First year results indicate student improvement and continued use of these modules is anticipated.