What We Do
Quantity Across the Curriculum is a faculty-driven program for quantitative reasoning at Bridgewater State University. QuAC's mission is to increase student and faculty engagement and success with numbers in all disciplines of higher education.
Before students can "do the math right," they must "do the right math." A numerate curriculum engages students with numbers consistently, authentically, and critically.
Teaching with numbers is crucial — and any faculty member can do it, if the context is real and the level is appropriate. We're here to help.
Numeracy is everyone's responsibility, but no one should have to go it alone. Partnerships across disciplines and at all levels of education are vital to our work.
Monday 11/21/2016, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
DMF Science Center, Room 461
Graphs and plots are essential tools not only for learning math, but also for understanding and communicating quantitative ideas across all disciplines. Desmos ( desmos.com ) is a free online graphing environment that makes it easy for teachers and students to create and share interactive graphs and engaging teaching tools.
In this workshop, participants will create their first Desmos interactive graphs and explore ways to use these tools for teaching and learning.
Facilitator: Ms. Tina Palmer, South Shore Vocational-Technical High School
Who Counts?: The Politics of Numbers
BSU Election Week Workshop
Open to the Public
Thursday 10/6/2016, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Heritage Room, Maxwell Library
In this 90-minute workshop, participants will discover the ways in which numbers shape the American political process. How are political groups characterized? What hidden assumptions, biases, and flaws exist behind these numbers? And what are the behavioral consequences of how political data are used and misused? Light refreshments provided.
Facilitators: Drs. Colby King, Sociology; Matt Salomone, Mathematics; and Madhavi Venkatesan, Economics
Thursday 3/26, 2:00-3:15
RCC 210 Hanover/Duxbury Room
Friday 3/27, 11:00-12:00
RCC 119 Green Room
In this workshop, participants will identify specific opportunities to increase their students' disposition, engagement, and success with quantitative reasoning in their courses. Interested applicants for QuAC's Course Redevelopment Summer Grant may find this workshop especially valuable. Box lunch provided.
Facilitators: QuAC Advisory Board Members
"Storytelling with Numbers"
WAC Critical Literacies Series Workshop
Thursday 10/23, 3:00-4:30
Co-sponsor: Writing Across the Curriculum
Experienced numberphiles know that numbers tell powerful stories. Writing about numbers is critical to understanding them, and conversely, numbers can provide powerful evidence to improve a written argument. In this workshop, we explore how to design authentic quantitative writing assignments in a variety of courses.
Friday 5/30, 11:00-12:00
Presented at Lilly International 2014
To teach for numeracy is to build number sense and statistical reasoning within the context of authentic problems. In this workshop we see how context helps, not hinders, students' ability to solve "story problems," and use an interactive tool to discover why Simpson's Paradox works in context.
Saturday 5/10, 8:30-4:30pm
Bridgewater State University
NECQL's XVIIth annual meeting was held at BSU in 2014. NECQL is a forum for the discussion of issues and the dissemination of information related to quantitative literacy.
Quantitative Assignment Showcase
Wednesday 4/2, 12:20–1:35pm
Designed or redesigned a quantitative assignment lately? Whether you have, and want to share how it went, or whether you're just interested in seeing what other faculty are doing in their courses, join us for this informal collaborative workshop over lunch.
Integrating Writing and Quantitative Research
WAC/QuAC Joint Workshop
Tuesday 2/11, 12:30–2:00pm
If students can write about numbers, they can understand numbers. Practice techniques to get their pens and brains moving in this workshop.
Seven Habits of Highly Numerate People
(And So Can You!) - Luncheon Workshop
Monday 10/28, 12:20–1:35pm
Science & Math Center 473
Thursday 10/31, 12:30–1:45pm
Weygand 1047 (S. Multipurpose Room)
Numeracy is an everyday habit. Find out how to build yours at this interactive workshop.
Data Analysis in the Disciplines
Faculty Panel Discussion
Thursday 11/21, 12:30–1:45pm
ECC 113 (Executive Dining Room)
Applied data analysis courses can be stumbling blocks for students. Come share your strategies for helping them succeed.
BSU's Core Skills
Faculty Panel Discussion
Thursday 12/13, 10:00 - 11:30, Location TBA
OTL/FDLG Reading Day Conference
BSU's Core Curriculum begins with the development of foundational critical reasoning skills: writing, spoken communication, logic, and mathematics. What do students do in these courses, and how can faculty build upon the Core Skills in later coursework in the major?