ERIC Number: EJ794447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Computer Manipulatives in an Ordinary Differential Equations Course: Development, Implementation, and Assessment
Miller, Haynes R.; Upton, Deborah S.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v17 n2 p124-137 Apr 2008
The d'Arbeloff Interactive Mathematics Project or d'AIMP is an initiative that seeks to enhance and ultimately transform the teaching and learning of introductory mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A result of this project is a suite of "mathlets," a carefully developed set of dynamic computer applets for use in the university's ordinary differential equations course. In this paper, we present the rationale for such computer innovations, the philosophy behind their design, as well as a discussion of their careful development and implementation. Survey results are reported which yielded positive student feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, College Instruction, Educational Principles, Educational Philosophy, Computer Software, Computer Software Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Instructional Innovation, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Internet, Program Development, Program Implementation, Computer Simulation, Introductory Courses, College Mathematics
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