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Report on Faculty Exchange and Sabbatical during the 2006-07 Academic Year. Gerald Kruse, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics kruse@juniata.edu http://faculty.juniata.edu/kruse. 2006-07.

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report on faculty exchange and sabbatical during the 2006 07 academic year

Report on Faculty Exchange and Sabbatical during the2006-07 Academic Year

Gerald Kruse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics

kruse@juniata.edu

http://faculty.juniata.edu/kruse

2006 07
2006-07
  • Faculty Exchange at Fachhochschule (FH) Muenster, in Burgsteinfurt, Germany, during the fall 2006 semester.
  • Burgsteinfurt is 30 miles outside Muenster, and it is the location of the FH-Muenster Engineering and Technology campus.
  • Algorithmen und Data Strukturen
  • Graphical Programming
  • Sabbatical in Huntingdon, PA, during the spring 2007 semester
we hope to encourage juniata students to study at fh muenster by having a faculty exchange first

We hope to encourage Juniata students to study at FH-Muenster by having a faculty exchange first

Faculty

Gerald Kruse Thomas Weik

Juniata StudentsFH-Muenster Students

Tim Auman Robin Segglemann

Mike Link Frank Volkmer

Sascha Hlusiak

Morin Ostkamp

what is quantitative literacy
What is Quantitative Literacy?
  • “The ability to use numbers and data analysis in everyday life.” Bernard Madison, Univ. of Arkansas
  • “..knowing how to reason and think, and it is all but absent from our curricula today.” Gina Kolata, NY Times
  • “Having comfort with arithmetic, data analysis, computing, modeling, statistics, chance/probability, and reasoning.” Excerpt from Mathematics in Democracy.

While a course in quantitative literacy might focus on

practical, real-world problems, it still provides the students

with a strong mathematical foundation.

quantitative literacy at juniata college
Quantitative Literacy at Juniata College
  • Juniata has had “Quant-Math” and “Quant-Stat” skill requirement for graduation since the mid-1990’s.
  • MA 103, Quantitative Methods, was developed by Sue Esch to serve students who do not have courses with quantitative components in their POE’s.
  • MA 103 is one of the few courses which satisfies both the “QM” and “QS” skills.
  • A large percentage of students at Juniata satisfy their “Q” graduation requirement by taking MA 103, Quantitative Methods (5 sections per year).
time for a change
Time for a change…
  • From 1996 to 2007, the text used in MA 103 was Quantitative Methods, notes written and maintained by Sue Esch (Bukowski and Kruse added as co-authors later), and produced on campus.
  • Students used two full-feature software packages: Minitab for statistics, and Maple for mathematics.
  • MA 103 was one of my favorite courses to teach, but I realized that after 10 years it was due for an update.
the search begins
The Search Begins…
  • Published texts preferred
  • Excel-based technology preferred
  • Many texts considered, three seriously
  • Frequent consultation with Math department colleagues
  • Chosen Text: Quantitative Reasoning, by Sevilla and Somers (from Moravian).
highlights
Highlights
  • Pre- and post-assessments of student skills and attitudes
  • Active learning approach
  • Technology informs and enhances the math
  • Open-ended projects
  • Paper-reduced (assignments posted online, deliverables uploaded)
  • Provided my Math department colleagues with: daily schedule daily notes suggested homework problems solutions to all Activities
additional accomplishments
Additional Accomplishments
  • MAA PREP Workshop on Quantitative Literacy
  • FH-Muenster Kolloquium: “Google’s Billion Dollar Eigenvector”
  • SIGCSE Poster: “A Useful Case-Study in Algorithm Experimentation: Unexpected Timing Results with Heapsort”
  • SIGCSE Special Session: “A Status Report from the Committee to Evaluate Models of Faculty Scholarship”
  • MAA (Allegheny Mountain Section) Talk: “Are Quicksort and Heapsort Really O(n*lg n)?”