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IMPACTFUL Blog: Interdisciplinary Collaborations Empower Students & Faculty

By Jillian Miller posted 06-03-2024 16:39:28


“When am I ever going to use this?!” Math educators hear this question time and time again. Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges (QB@CC) is a 5-year NSF RCN-UBE funded project aimed at helping math instructors answer this age-old question for their students, especially their biology students who may not recognize the importance of quantitative skills in their chosen discipline. The primary objective of the project is to build a network of math and biology faculty from community colleges around the nation who work together to enhance students’ quantitative skills by creating, publishing, and disseminating open-access cross-curricular materials. Small interdisciplinary teams work together to create or adapt OER materials at the interface of mathematics and biology, with the intent of providing context for mathematics concepts and improving quantitative literacy in biology classes. This, in turn, helps students transfer their knowledge to other scenarios and make cross-disciplinary connections. 


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