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Activity Number: 168
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 5, 2013 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #308491
Title: The Key Components of a Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE): Using Best Practices to Train Faculty
Author(s): Esther Wilder*+ and Elin Waring and Frank Wang and Dene Hurley
Companies: Lehman College, CUNY and Lehman College and LaGuardia Community College and Lehman College
Keywords: active learning ; assessment ; multidisciplinary instruction ; numeracy ; quantitative literacy ; quantitative reasoning

Faculty at the City University of New York (CUNY) have developed a Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE) that teaches best practices for effective Quantitative Reasoning (QR) instruction to faculty in a wide range of disciplines. NICHE is a predominantly online course that consists of 8 separate units: (1) QR and Making Numbers Meaningful; (2) QR Learning Outcomes; (3) The Brain, Cognition and QR; (4) QR and Writing; (5) Discovery Methods; (6) Representations of Data; (7) QR Assessment; and (8) QR Stereotypes and Culture. This paper describes the key components of NICHE and shows how the same strategies recognized as effective methods for teaching QR can be employed in training faculty as QR instructors. Course activities, interactive discussions, and faculty-developed instructional materials are also presented.

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