Online
Jun 11-Jul 27, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Jennifer Luebeck and Mary Alice Carlson

Course Description

Please register for CRN 11571.

In this course we will:
  • Closely examine “What is mathematical modeling?”
  • Explore the “best practices” of math, science, and engineering. Each of these disciplines has published a list of practices to be emphasized, and each includes “modeling” as a key practice. This will lead us into discussions on all the practices in science, engineering and math and how they overlap.
  • Discuss what what it really means to be “doing” STEM instruction. Do all the elements have to be present? Is an engineering problem always a math problem? Could a biology experiment be considered “STEM”?
  • Examine how the process of modeling is similar and different in each STEM area.
  • Solve problems that represent modeling in each STEM area.
  • Critique lessons and tasks regarding how well they represent (mathematical) modeling.
  • Design activities and/or lessons that incorporate authentic (mathematical) modeling.

Meeting Place and Times

This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 6 times per week and plan on spending as much as 20 hours per week for 7 weeks to successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course. It is imperative that teachers are available to participate fully in the course for the full 7 weeks. This time estimate includes both the time teachers spend on-line connected to Desire2Learn participating in group discussions and other course activities and the time spent off-line working on assignments, projects, and lab activities.

Instructor(s)

Jennifer Luebeck, EdD..

Mary Alice Carlson, PhD..

Prerequisites

Graduate standing; mathematics educators and educators in other STEM fields

Target Audience

High school (or two-year college) teachers of secondary mathematics, science, and related STEM fields. The target audience consists of teachers in the MSMME, NTEN, and MSSE programs.

Time Commitment:

15-20 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • No textbook required. Materials will be provided online.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

About course content, contact Jennifer Luebeck at jennifer.luebeck@montana.edu.
For information about registration, contact Kelly Boyce at kboyce@montana.edu.

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

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Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.