Applied Math Activity

Activity: Applied Math Activity

Submitted by Sarah Lams, Applied Math


  1. To enable students to effectively formulate and communicate mathematical ideas, and to engage with challenging mathematical concepts in a supportive classroom environment.
  2. To gain confidence as mathematical thinkers through practicing math problems in class

Class: AM147 – Applied Math, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

Quick Polling for Data Assessments

Activity: Intro to Data Science Lecture

Submitted by Rafael A. Irizarry, Public Health


  • To allow both the student and the teaching staff to gauge if the lecture material is being understood.

 Class: BIO 260 –Introduction to Data Science

Introduction/Background: This in-class activity is part of a Biostatistics course that incorporates assessment questions throughout the lecture as an activity-based learning technique.

Peer Review Revisions

In this introductory course for psychology undergraduates, students receive constructive feedback on their writing delivered in a format that simulates the peer review process in academia. Students learn about peer review methods and strengthen their writing.

Reflection on Course Learning Goals

Overview: This activity is designed to assess students’ understanding of the course learning goals by engaging the students in an active, individualistic question and answer session. It provides the instructor with valuable insights about his/her students’ learning and if the course learning objectives are being met.

Course: HGSE T139 Investigating Teaching and Learning Through Close-Collaborative Examination of Student and Teacher Work


Speed Networking

With this activity submitted by Jim Grenier from MassBay Community College, students will be able to explain the importance of personal networking and demonstrate how to initiate communication in a one-on-one, face-to-face professional environment. 

Advanced Laboratory Class

Joe Peidle developed this class with Melissa Franklin to help expose advanced physics students to apparatuses that they may encounter in a real research lab. Students come into experimental lab sections to perform simple activities with the staff to learn how to use the apparatuses throughout the entire class.

Thalidomide: The pros and cons

This case study, contributed by the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence, is intended to show that two enantiomers can have different effects on the body, and how the same drug can be used to treat different diseases or symptoms.  It is also intended to help students begin to understand the process of FDA approval for drugs.  This problem could be used in an organic chemistry class or in a class for non-science majors.