After attending a conference, please provide a review of the conference for others at NMC. Provide a ranking from 1 – 5 stars and short review of the positives and negatives of the conference with consideration on how the conference experience will impact curriculum, teaching and learning, and your personal scholarship.
Lilly Conference TC 2013
The Lilly Conference is about teaching and learning. It is a conference I would attend again if given the opportunity.
Many of the sessions dealt with flipped classrooms, including one session that did a randomized study of a flipped vs non-flipped classroom. The results: there was no significant difference between the two as far as student achievement goes. However, students did tend to enjoy the flipped classroom more.
Another session which was interesting was a talk given by Lansing Community College and their success in accelerating students through the developmental math and English programs. There was a significantly higher success rate for those students in the accelerated program compared with those that were not. No data was given yet on whether or not these students continued to be successful in the next courses in the sequence.
The food provided was adequate.
Friday I attended a 4-hour workshop on Camtasia, interesting and good to see what some are using, but it doesn’t suit my teaching style. Simpler technology (ipad video) allows me to do almost the same thing.
Saturday sessions included one that dealt with basics that students don’t know. Old-fashioned, timed skill-sheets were suggested and several were handed out. I’ll give these a try and will incorporate them into a flipped concept as that is developed. The keynote speaker spoke on “flipped” classroom. Nathan Butler and I will work together to develop at least one lesson and try it this semester.
Of most interest was a session on the Michigan Transfer Agreement. Some reasonable persons are working statewide on this. We asked that NMC be considered for recruitment of “Team” members and/or “Review” members.
Friday dinner and Saturday lunch were amazing!
Fall 2013 MichMATYC @ Oakland CC
The keynote speaker, Robert Talbert, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University. He discussed the benefits of the "Flipped Classrom" as well as providing some strategies that he uses in his own flipped classrooms. I was interested to hear and see the results he was getting, as well as his motivation for flipping the classroom in the first place. The motivation is this: the lower order skills of Bloom's Taxonomy will be completed outside the classroom by students, and the higher order skills will be completed in class where there is more access to the instructor.
Mary Erikson and I have already discussed attempting a single flipped class this semester in order to get a feel of how to do it. In the future, Mary and I have discussed working together to create a flipped algebra class that we can each use.
The most important session I attended was the session about the MTA. The conclusion is basically this: Any college course that has Algebra 1 as a pre-req will count towards the MTA. But, nobody knows what to do with Intermediate Algebra yet, and it sounds like they want Intermediate to NOT count towards the MTA. No decisions were made yet.
Lunch was excellent.
I enjoyed attending the Sample Conference 2013 in Las Vegas. The keynote speaker, Brad Pitt, was an exceptional communicator that provided insight on the use of classroom management techniques on the sets of movies. Many of the sessions were recorded so that people are able to review them online at a later date, and I have shared my favorite, "How to Manage Your $" with presenter Warren Buffet with several of my colleagues.