Dr. Mike Pinter, professor of mathematics, served as a panel member for the Mathematics in Interdisciplinary Survey Courses panel session during the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Mathfest in Pittsburgh. The panel session, sponsored by the MAA Special Interest Group in Quantitative Literacy, was designed for mathematicians who have been asked to teach or co-teach general interest courses such as first year seminars for freshman, interdisciplinary survey courses, integrative learning communities, and the like. Panelists addressed strategies to work with pedagogical challenges (new for many mathematicians) such as assigning and assessing extensive writing projects, eliciting productive discussions about course readings, and meaningfully integrating quantitative reasoning. Dr. Pinter’s presentation for the panel session focused on his First-Year Seminar course, Living With Limitations.
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