My interest in mathematics education stems from teaching as an adjunct at the [University of Maryland University College](http://www.umuc.edu). There, I have taught developmental, introductory college mathematics, and introductory statistics. Most of those have been distance education, administered through the Internet. A few courses have been hybrid with both an online and in-person component. As a result, my research has focused on delivering mathematics content online.
## Publications and Presentations
|Teaching and Learning Mathematics Online. Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, Forthcoming.:|
|Quantitative Literacy to New Quantitative Literacies. Luke Tunstall; Victor Piercey; Gizem Karaali (Ed.): Shifting Contexts, Stable Core: Advancing Quantitative Literacy in Higher Education, Chapter 5, pp. 33-46, Mathematical Association of America, Washington, Forthcoming.:|
|Virtual Bumblebees. MathFest 2015, Mathematical Association of America Washington, DC, 2015.:|
|Kanban Methods for Agile Course Delivery. University of Baltimore, Fall Teaching & Learning Day Baltimore, 2014.:|
|Using Agile Methods for Course Management and Delivery. Spring 2014 Conference, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Washington, 2014.:|
|Augmenting the Classroom with Web-Based Interactive Demonstrations. 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings Baltimore, 35 (1), 2014.:|
|Trigonometric Functions for a Right Triangle. 2011.:|
|Using Computable Documents for Online Mathematics Instruction. Technology Conference 2011, Wolfram Research Champaign, Illinois, 2011.:|
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I am teaching statistics this fall. I have taught statistics before, but it will be a bit different this year. Historically (and I do not have syllabi posted from prior to this year), statistics was taught online using a fairly restricted format of public one-on-one conversations with the professor. A student would select a problem, solve it, and solve it “in public” in a discussion board. Then we had “quizzes” which were pretty much glorified homework. We’re starting to break out of that mold now into some new territory. The class will have discussion groups focused on less firm questions.
My friend follows up on yesterday’s post with this question: I have had a subscription to the MegaMillions game since it started. I always play the same six numbers. Almost every six months I get a check for a few dollars. Why haven’t those six numbers ever come close to a decent payoff? Wouldn’t, over time, the odds increase that those six numbers will show up together? That’s a really complicated question. Most statisticians think the question is stupid, and will happily tell you so, then laugh, and say no. But that’s not entirely fair. To take the question literally,
I’m a bit behind the curve, but there’s a a coming change to the Mega Millions interstate lottery game. Of course, as a statistics nerd,1 I’ve talked about the lottery before. So when I got this on my Facebook page, I was all into it: First, we need to take a look at the current game configuration. Right now, tickets cost a dollar and the jackpot starts at $15 million. Given the game configuration, we can estimate what the expected value of a ticket is. That is, if I spend a dollar, how much can I expect to get back.
I am happy to announce that John F. Beyers, of the University of Maryland University College, will be editing a new book called Teaching and Learning Mathematics Online, to be published by CRC Press in 2019. I have known John since 2010 when I started teaching as an adjunct at UMUC in the math department. Over the years, I realized there were difficulties and hard parts of teaching mathematics via distance education, different from what you see in an English or history course. We want this book to collect the leading ideas and practices of teachers and professors at every