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Bulancea, Gabriela; Granfield, Patricia; Jauchen, Joanna; Love, Jack; Nelson, Mary; Sachs, Robert; Sausville, Catherine – PRIMUS, 2021

Our department is in the early stages of a multi-year effort to nurture a culture that values active learning. We focus on the change process, including specific, pragmatic ideas from the literature on grassroots leadership and systemic change. We briefly review Wenger's work on cultivating communities of practice and use Wenger's evaluation of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Active Learning, Calculus

OShaughnessy, J. – PRIMUS, 2019

This paper investigates the advantages of using a two-step homework system. First, technology is used to collect and grade traditional homework. Then, students are expected to present and explain problems from their assignments in class. Several versions of implementation are discussed for different course levels and sizes. Through these methods,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Homework, Educational Technology

Ludwig, Patrice; Tongen, Anthony; Walton, Brian – PRIMUS, 2018

James Madison University faculty team-teach an interdisciplinary mathematical modeling course for mathematics and biology students. We have used two different project-based approaches to emphasize the mathematical concepts taught in class, while also exposing students to new areas of mathematics not formally covered in class. The first method…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Case Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach

Gevertz, Jana L.; Kim, Peter S.; Wares, Joanna R. – PRIMUS, 2017

To be successful, junior faculty must properly manage their time in the face of expanding responsibilities. One such responsibility is supervising undergraduate research projects. Student research projects (either single or multi-student) can be undertaken as a full-time summer experience, or as a part-time academic year commitment. With many…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Mathematics Education, Mentors

Childers, Adam F. – PRIMUS, 2017

Facebook provides businesses and organizations with copious data that describe how users are interacting with their page. This data affords an excellent opportunity to turn introductory statistics students into consultants to analyze the Facebook data using descriptive and inferential statistics. This paper details a semester-long project that…

Descriptors: Social Media, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Statistics

Heuett, William J. – PRIMUS, 2017

Students' learning experiences in an introductory statistics course for non-math majors are compared between two different instructional approaches under controlled conditions. Two sections of the course (n = 52) are taught using a flipped classroom approach and one section (n = 30) is taught using a traditional lecture approach. All sections are…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Nonmajors, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education

Kraut, Gertrud L. – PRIMUS, 2015

The inverted classroom allows more in-class time for inquiry-based learning and for working through more advanced problem-solving activities than does the traditional lecture class. The skills acquired in this learning environment offer benefits far beyond the statistics classroom. This paper discusses four ways that can make the inverted…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Blended Learning, Educational Technology

Axvig, Nathan; David, John; Falcetti, Alex – PRIMUS, 2015

The Applied and Industrial Mathematics program partners applied mathematics students with businesses, governments, laboratories, and agencies to solve real problems. We will discuss the logistics of the program and give advice on starting and running similar programs. We also give a detailed example of a specific project, namely our work with the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Problem Solving

Lenz, Laurie – PRIMUS, 2015

Inquiry-based learning is a topic of growing interest in the mathematical community. Much of the focus has been on using these methods in calculus and higher-level classes. This article describes the design and implementation of a set of inquiry-based learning activities in a Math for Liberal Arts course at a small, private, Catholic college.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Liberal Arts

Abrams, William P.; Lunsford, M. Leigh – PRIMUS, 2011

For several years we have been teaching a one-hour class called "Longwood Seminar," a first-year seminar that is required as a general education goal and has much of its content dictated by Longwood University. During this time we have collected and used a series of mathematical vignettes to supplement the university-required material.…

Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Mathematics, Vignettes, Learner Engagement

Ortiz-Robinson, Norma L.; Ellington, Aimee J. – PRIMUS, 2009

A number of learner-centered strategies were implemented during a two-semester course in real analysis that is traditionally taught in lecture format. We seek to understand the role that these strategies can have in this proof-intensive theoretical mathematics classroom and the perceived benefits by the students. Although learner-centered…

Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Advanced Courses, Mathematics Education, Equations (Mathematics)

Ellington, Aimee J. – PRIMUS, 2005

In Fall 2004, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) piloted a modeling-based approach to college algebra. This paper describes the course and an assessment that was conducted to determine the effect of this approach on student achievement in comparison to a traditional approach to college algebra. The results show that compared with their…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Calculus, Algebra, College Mathematics