Mathematics at Weissman Receives Continued Support from National Grid Foundation
As part of its commitment to support advancements in education, the National Grid Foundation has again awarded Baruch College a $15,000 grant to fund a program to improve students’ understanding of mathematics. The program consists of a series of video tutorials, which were developed by Baruch mathematics faculty to address specific areas in the students’ overall math experience.
WSAS students receiving National Grid Foundation's first $15,000 grant.
-- Photo by Jerry Speier
Last year, the program’s pilot year, the National Grid Foundation funded videos focused on Intermediate Algebra, a prerequisite for students seeking admission to the Zicklin School’s business programs. The program targeted 200 students, many of them from disadvantaged communities in Brooklyn and Queens.
Baruch faculty members employed tablet PCs, Camtasia software, and the Internet-based My Math Lab instructional software to create the video tutorials and deliver them via Baruch's education portal, Blackboard. The tutorials were available to students online 24/7.
"It’s a bit like virtual office hours,” says Walter Wang, Professor of Mathematics and coordinator of the tutorial program. “We’re teaching them how to take advantage of technology to enhance their learning experience. Using the tablet PCs and the Camtasia software, we can show them how to arrive at solutions step by step.”
"Education is an area of focus that deserves our attention and support. We are proud to partner with Baruch in further developing the opportunity to enlighten and inspire its students,” said Robert G. Keller, the National Grid Foundation’s Executive Director. “Through this initiative, we believe the instructive opportunities will motivate students to better understand the subject at hand and more aptly prepare students in a world of economic challenge.
About National Grid Foundation
The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life in areas where National Grid provides services. The foundation’s ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families, and communities. Since its inception in December of 1999, the foundation has provided nearly $15 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.
Text by Zane Berzins, News Director, was edited by J D Sallen.