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Label your axes for the sake of your relationship!

xkcd is a good source for sassy humor.

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QRID

Quantitative Reasoning in the Disciplines supports faculty in all disciplines to develop innovative pedagogical techniques that enable students to identify, navigate, and apply quantitative information in their personal, professional and academic lives.

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Modeling Metabolic Rate (BIOL 150)

I developed this in-class exercise last year at the BioQuest workshop.  I haven't had a chance to run it in class as yet, but it does incorporate quantitative biology and provide a series of activities to have students develop a hypothesis, a prediction, and determine if their prediction matches up with the actual model of metabolic rate in humans vs. flies.

All this work is mine, so it can be considered to be open-source

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Applied Math Skills

Another assessment tool from ACT, but the list of quantitative skills is useful for defining goals.

"At some point, many of us sat in math class and asked ourselves, “When am I going to use this?” We may not have believed it, but the answer in a variety of professions is, “Every day!” The Applied Math assessment measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and problem solving techniques for situations that actually occur in today’s workplace. While individuals may use calculators and conversion tables to help with the problems on the assessment, math skills are still needed to think them through."

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Graphic Literacy

From the ACT, this is an assessment tool but this page provides a nice list of graphic literacy skills. 

"Workplace graphics come in a variety of formats, but all communicate a level of information. From charts to graphs, diagrams to floor plans, identifying what information is being presented and understanding how to use it are critical to success. The Graphic Literacy assessment measures skills that individuals use when they read and comprehend graphical materials to solve work-related problems."

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Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric

The VALUE rubrics were developed by teams of faculty experts representing colleges and universities across the United States through a process that examined many existing campus rubrics and related documents for each learning outcome and incorporated additional feedback from faculty. The rubrics articulate fundamental criteria for each learning outcome, with performance descriptors demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of attainment. The rubrics are intended for institutional-level use in evaluating and discussing student learning, not for grading.  

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Mathematics Assessment Project

The Mathematics Assessment Project is part of the Math Design Collaborative initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project set out to design and develop well-engineered tools for formative and summative assessment that expose students’ mathematical knowledge and reasoning, helping teachers guide them towards improvement and monitor progress. The tools are relevant to any curriculum that seeks to deepen students' understanding of mathematical concepts and develop their ability to apply that knowledge to non-routine problems.

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National Numeracy Network (US)

The National Numeracy Network promotes education that integrates quantitative skills across all disciplines and at all levels.

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NICHE: Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education

Whether called numeracy, quantitative literacy (QL), or quantitative reasoning (QR), the infusion of quantitative materials throughout the curriculum is an imperative of higher education. This website is intended to provide a repository of resources and information for faculty from across the disciplines who are seeking to infuse numeracy into their course instruction.  (From CUNY)

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Bio2010

The report discusses incorporating more math, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science into classes and laboratory work and emphasizing independent research will help undergraduate education reflect real-world science. Schools, professional societies and funding agencies should develop new teaching materials and facilitate faculty collaboration.

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Vision and Change

The recommendations discussed in this report include the following action items aimed at ensuring that the vision of the conference becomes an agenda for change:

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GapMinder

A fantastic tool to allow students to explore interesting statistical data about the world.  Allows students to ask questions, compare graphs and easily try different graphical representations.  

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Spurious Correlations

"Spurious Correlations was a project I (Tyler Vigen) put together as a fun way to look at correlations and to think about data. Empirical research is interesting, and I love to wonder about how variables work together. The charts on this site aren't meant to imply causation nor are they meant to create a distrust for research or even correlative data. Rather, I hope this project fosters interest in statistics and numerical research."

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Figure of the Day

From the BIOMAAP project, this collection helps students identify characteristics of graphs and practice interpreting graphs in a low stakes, fun environment.

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Education resources on Data Nugget website

On our Data Nugget website we have a Resources page where we collect all of the great education resources that have come to our attention over the years. We'll be sure to update it with all the suggestions you share here! 

The resources are organized by the science or math concepts addressed, and we have a list of other great educational program websites.

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HHMI BioInteractive teacher guide for math and stats

Topics include measures of average (mean, median, and mode), variability (range and standard deviation), uncertainty (standard error and 95% confidence interval), Chi-square analysis, student t-test, Hardy-Weinberg equation, frequency calculations, and more. 

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MathBench

These modules introduce students (and anyone else who's interested) to the mathematical underpinnings of what they learn in introductory biology courses. But unlike a textbook, the modules are not full of equations and proofs. Instead, we try to bring math to life using intuitive approaches, everyday situations, and even humor. The modules contain hundreds of interactive activities, games, and questions. They range from the relatively simple (what to do with division) to the relatively abstruse (discrete diffusion models).

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Education resources on Data Nugget website

On our Data Nugget website we have a Resources page where we collect all of the great education resources that have come to our attention over the years. We'll be sure to update it with all the suggestions you share here! 

The resources are organized by the science or math concepts addressed, and we have a list of other great educational program websites.

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When people worry about math, the brain feels the pain

Math hurts - if you have anxiety about it.

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Is math anxiety always bad for math learning? The role of math movitation

This is the primary lit article from the Science Daily summary Kaci posted.  

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Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’

Nice article that ends with a call for growth mindset, rather than math anxiety.

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BIOMAAP

The BIOMAAP program is an NSF funded project to develop materials and interventions to address math anxiety in our biology students.

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Report for video genomics faculty online working group in Fall 2017

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Decoding, Critiquing, and Creating a Graph from the Ground Up

By Kiersten Newtoff

Montgomery College

Students decipher a published graph with little supplemental information and are given more details in pieces before producing a new graph that displays the data more effectively and is easier to digest.

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Stem Cells in Planaria Regeneration and Wound Healing

By Aylin Marz, Jennifer Buntz, and Susan Meiers

Discussion questions to help guide students examining a graph of number of mitoses vs time for planaria injured or had amputations of their tails.

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