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Selbach-Allen, Megan E.; Greenwald, Sarah J.; Ksir, Amy E.; Thomley, Jill E. – PRIMUS, 2020
In this paper, we compare and contrast our experiences in using standards-based grading in different courses and across two separate institutions to explore the related tradeoffs and subtleties in designing and implementing such grading systems, guided by innovation diffusion theory. We summarize our individual courses, use Linda Nilson's criteria…
Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Evaluation Methods, College Faculty
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AsKew, A.; Kennedy, K.; Klima, V. – PRIMUS, 2018
In this article we discuss relationships between the cyclic group Z[subscript 12] and Western tonal music that is embedded in a 12-note division of the octave. We then offer several questions inviting students to explore extensions of these relationships to other "n"-note octave divisions. The answers to most questions require only basic…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Music Theory, Correlation, Numbers
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Palmer, Katrina – PRIMUS, 2015
This paper describes one instructor's experiences during a year of flipping four calculus classes. The first exploration attempts to understand student expectations of a math class and their preference towards a flipped classroom. The second examines success of students from a flipped classroom, and the last investigates relationships with student…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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Despeaux, Sloan Evans – PRIMUS, 2015
Oulipo (Ouvroir de Littérature potentielle, or Workshop on potential literature), an over 50-year old movement that began in France, seeks to apply mathematical constraints to literature and the arts. In this article, I will give a brief survey of this movement and how I have built a learning module based on it for my mathematics for the liberal…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods
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Atanasov, Risto; Foguel, Tuval; Lawson, Jeffrey – PRIMUS, 2013
Over the last four years of the senior capstone seminar at Western Carolina University, we have redesigned the course substantially to comply with our institutional Quality Enhancement Plan for engaged student learning and to follow the guidelines proposed by the Mathematical Association of America's Committee on Undergraduate Programs in…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Objectives
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Yankosky, Bill – PRIMUS, 2008
This article discusses a classroom activity in which students in a small-sized (n = 4) Abstract Algebra class were able to discover some properties related to permutations and transpositions by physically moving from chair to chair according to suggested guidelines. During the lesson students were able to determine ways to write a permutation as a…
Descriptors: Algebra, Teaching Methods, College Mathematics, Learning Activities