MASTER Math Training Day

Jurgen Arias (AL) was the best t-shirt winner. If you can understand this winning shirt, thank a math teacher! If you have forgotten your abstract algebra, see a member of NOVA's math faculty today.

The newly redesigned developmental math course requires a very different way to teach. Faculty and Math Lab supervisors and assistants from across the College participated in a day of training in August on the Annandale Campus. Following registration, Annandale Provost Barbara Saperstone greeted the attendees and spoke briefly. Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences Joyce Samuels (LO) gave an overview of the redesign and the activities for the day.

Interactive information sessions were held in computer classrooms to provide hands-on training. Participants rotated through concurrent sessions that included a First Day simulation, Technology Training and Policies and Best Practices. Sessions were conducted by Tonia Vaughn (AL), Martin Bredeck (AN), Jane Serbousek (LO), Pat Lazzarino (MA), Bill Ruffle (MA), Bev Drucker (WO) and Teresa Overton (WO). An additional session for faculty teaching the online version of the redesigned course was led by Extended Learning Institute (ELI) Instructional Designer Maureen Madden.

Participants were invited to wear their favorite math shirts and Math Lab Supervisor Jurgen Arias (AL) won the People’s Choice prize for the best shirt.

NOVA began piloting the course in spring 2011 with full implementation in fall 2011. All VCCS colleges will be required to fully implement in spring 2012, with each college choosing the delivery method.

NOVA is using a modified emporium model under the guidance of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). Click for more information on the VCCS developmental math redesign.