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Project Overview

This project aims to serve the national interest to advance implementation and understanding of effective practices in delivering online teaching- and learning-focused professional development to undergraduate mathematics educators. Current models for effective professional development often are expensive and restrictive regarding who can participate, largely because they require travel and other support that is neither universally available to individuals nor sustainable in the long term by institutions and individuals, thus limiting the potential impact. To this end, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-B) will implement and study a new online teaching- and learning-focused professional development program which will reach higher education professionals, including those who have been less able to travel due to various constraints. The impetus will be to determine effective use of online tools and practices to deliver professional training around themes of active learning in the mathematics classroom, leading to broad impact on mathematics instruction throughout the country, as well as the development of a large cadre of people with this skill set. In line with this, the project will incorporate explicit efforts to build this capacity by training new workshop providers, including those who have had and continue to have scant opportunities to travel for professional development.

Read the full project abstract for the MAA here, and for CU-B here

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Levers for Change

The project will activate two levers for change at two levels:

(1) empowering individuals to make research-based changes to their teaching that will enhance student learning, and

(2) shaping their departmental and disciplinary cultures to support those changes. 

What to Expect

All workshops will create an inclusive classroom environment under the framework offered by the MAA Instructional Practices Guide (2018), a compendium of research-based approaches to teaching. Under this program, it is our hope to host over 40 workshops and directly serve some 1000 mathematics instructors and make a lasting impact on participant knowledge, skills, and uptake of research-based instructional strategies in inclusive undergraduate mathematics instruction. These effects, in turn, will reach into undergraduate mathematics classrooms to benefit many thousands of students across the country for many years, and across all types of institutions.Workshops are scheduled to begin in summer 2022.


Activities & Events


Read Our Article in the August/September Issue of MAA FOCUS

"New MAA Online Workshops Will Open Doors"

by Doug Ensley, Sandra Laursen, Stan Yoshinobu, and Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer






Webinar on October 7!

What Works in Online Professional Development? Lessons Learned from the Great Online Pivot

Presented as a part of MAA's Fall Virtual Programming Season.

Event Presenters: Sandra Laursen, Stan Yoshinobu, & Tim Archie

Watch Webinar


Project Team

Doug Ensley (, Shippensburg University (Pennsylvania)

Stan Yoshinobu (, University of Toronto

Sandra Laursen (, University of Colorado Boulder

Tim Archie (, University of Colorado Boulder

Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer (, MAA Senior Director of Programs

Support for this Program

OPEN Math is a collaborative project between the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-B). Support for OPEN Math is provided by the National Science Foundation: MAA Award DUE-2111260 and CU-B Award DUE-2111273.