3.1 Instructor objectives

As college educators, have you thought about your primary goal of teaching at the higher education level? At the end of each semester, have you paused for a few seconds to think about what you should have done differently when creating/designing an effective assessment that could, perhaps would, help students learn better? And how often have you heard a student saying that s/he is not good at math? Given internal and external obstacles existing in teaching and learning, we hope that our OER-enabled pedagogical activities will help support collegiate educators in creating/designing sufficient activities, and subsequently, help undergraduate students build the necessary skills (e.g. the skills of problem-solving or communication) that will empower their future careers.

The purpose of this project was to provide instructors with some ideas about implementing OER-enabled pedagogy. The OER-enabled pedagogy prompts and examples were created by experienced instructors from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at York College, CUNY. They can be used in supporting instructors who teach College Algebra, Elementary Statistics and Probability, Finance Mathematics, Pre-Calculus, as well as computer science courses to create OER activities. The OER-enabled prompts and examples can also be adapted as models to teach other mathematics and computer science courses, such as Abstract/Linear/Modern Algebra, Statistics and Probability I & II, Calculus I, II & III, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, or the other mathematics and computer sciences related courses.

The contributions of the OER-enabled pedagogical activities are articulated/linked to the following instructional disciplines to support mathematics and computer science instructors.

Instructors will:

- gain some ideas on how to engage students in learning
- gain some ideas on how to create and modify the activities
- see examples of pertinent activities
- learn the process of licensing the resultant work
- gain some ideas about providing students with OER resources

By Yonghong L McDowell