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Ascendium in the News June 17, 2020

As COVID-19 Forces Rapid Move Online, Ascendium Supports Free Online Methods Training for Math Faculty

Source: The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center
Author: Dana Center Communications

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin will offer a series of free professional learning opportunities to mathematics faculty this summer and fall. The “National Virtual Professional Learning” series will provide training in the design and delivery of effective, engaging virtual teaching and learning for students in gateway college-level mathematics courses, including those using student supports in the co-requisite model.

Teaching faculty representing nearly 50 two-year and four-year institutions from Minnesota, South Texas, the Miami area of Florida, along with several Tribal Colleges and Universities, will participate in the virtual learning series. These sessions are supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ascendium Education Group.

“Teaching effectively in a virtual modality can pose a distinct challenge for faculty, especially with the recent, very rapid shift to online course delivery that institutions have faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Martha Ellis, Ph.D., interim managing director at the Dana Center. “Most traditional online mathematics courses do not provide the support and engagement needed for students to be successful. Mathematics instructors themselves have expressed a desire for intense guidance in virtual teaching if they are to be comfortable, proficient in available tools, and able to apply research-based best practices in virtual collaborative teaching.”

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