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Rapke, Tina; Hall, Jennifer; Marynowski, Richelle – PRIMUS, 2021
We describe a method that instructors can use to grade tests and assignments that can be used in follow-up inquiry-based activities in class to review material. The grading process is essentially a sorting of student assignment/test responses based on the instructor's conception of what makes responses acceptable. The instructor can assign a grade…
Descriptors: Grading, Assignments, Tests, Inquiry
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Oliver, Jesús; Olkin, Julia – PRIMUS, 2021
This work outlines a model for creating momentum for active learning at the departmental level through a Community of Practice. This approach focuses on empowering members of the community by providing easy access to active learning tasks, pacing guide, and teaching tips for the course.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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Gruber, Sean; Rosca, Raluca I.; Chazan, Daniel; Fleming, Elizabeth; Balady, Steve; VanNetta, Catherine; Okoudjou, Kasso A. – PRIMUS, 2021
Addressed toward course coordinators and departmental leaders interested in redesigning an undergraduate mathematics course, we highlight the steps our team at the University of Maryland, College Park has taken in bringing active learning to our Precalculus course. We provide examples of ways in which we have coordinated active learning across…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus
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Lange, Karin E.; Deiger, Megan; Bourque, Matthew; Tingley, Peter; Peters, Emily; Jordan, Laurie E.; Giaquinto, Anthony – PRIMUS, 2021
In the context of national collaborative efforts to increase the prevalence of active learning strategies in undergraduate precalculus and calculus classrooms, we discuss the context, strategy, and processes used at one university to create change within a mathematics department. We highlight the use of a unified active learning approach and the…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Ksir, Amy E.; Allman, Justin M.; Hetherington, Noble, III.; Selbach-Allen, Megan E.; Skipper, Daphne – PRIMUS, 2021
Over the past 10 years, the authors of this paper have implemented a series of project-based and inquiry-based learning initiatives in the calculus sequence at our institution. These initiatives took place in a department with an existing strong culture supporting teaching innovation and improvement. In this paper, we describe three initiatives in…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Miller, E.; Fowler, J.; Johns, C.; Johnson, J., Jr.; Ramsey, B.; Snapp, B. – PRIMUS, 2021
We discuss a decade of initiatives to improve the teaching and learning of calculus at The Ohio State University. Calculus at OSU is taught in lecture/recitation format with large lectures and is tightly coordinated, so all innovations had to occur within that framework. We show how many smaller projects built upon one another to create a larger…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Mathematics, Active Learning
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Soto, Roberto C.; Marzocchi, Alison S. – PRIMUS, 2021
With knowledge in hand that teaching mathematics through active engagement leads to better learning outcomes for students, the field of mathematics is now tasked with researching effective facilitation of professional development for faculty. Our university embarked on an initial year of active learning professional development for mathematics…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction
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Diamond, Kate; Kandola, Shelley; Weimerskirch, Mike – PRIMUS, 2021
Historically, math education at the high school and introductory college levels has focused on computational skills. With the advancement of computational technologies, problemsolving and other higher-order thinking skills should become the focal point. This article discusses ways in which the University of Minnesota has integrated problem-solving…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Skill Development, Active Learning, Calculus
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Bennoun, Steve; Holm, Tara – PRIMUS, 2021
The Mathematics Department at Cornell University has recently secured a grant from the University to implement systemic change in how we teach courses that reach students at critical transition points in their mathematical development. In this article, we report on the changes made to our large multi-section first-semester calculus course in order…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Active Learning
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Dunnigan, Gerri; Halcrow, Cheryl – PRIMUS, 2021
We describe a project to restructure the way Applied Calculus is taught at our university to improve student success rates. Eliminating large lecture sections, re-evaluating the needs and expectations of our students, developing uniform course delivery and grading systems, incorporating active learning teaching methods, and focusing on conceptual…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Calculus, Teaching Methods
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Pilgrim, Mary E.; Apkarian, Naneh; Milbourne, Hayley; O'Sullivan, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021
San Diego State University recently embarked on a major initiative to revitalize the Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 sequences. In addition to program features such as course coordination, a new active learning component led by graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) was added to each of the Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses, and…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Teaching Assistants, Active Learning
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Hancock, Emilie; Franco, Lorraine; Bagley, Spencer; Karakok, Gulden – PRIMUS, 2021
As calculus instruction moves further from lecture-based instruction toward student-centered pedagogy, support services must align with the changing goals for the course. This paper describes the work of a department as they collectively design and redesign a co-requisite Calculus I course, in an effort to better promote students' academic and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Social Integration
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Jones, Matthew G.; Lanaghan, Sharon – PRIMUS, 2021
Nationwide, many students fail to complete the key mathematics courses that are required for most STEM majors, including Precalculus. This paper describes the rationale, implementation, and impact of the redesign of Precalculus at one regional west coast institution. Prior to the redesign, pass rates in Precalculus were modest (75.8% of all…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students, Calculus
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Rämö, Johanna; Lahdenperä, Juulia; Häsä, Jokke – PRIMUS, 2021
Over the past 9 years, we have implemented, developed, and refined a novel student-centered teaching method called Extreme Apprenticeship in university mathematics context. In this paper, we report the theoretical orientation behind the method, as well as its practical implementation. We also reflect on our experiences gained from using it in our…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning
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Hancock, Emilie; Karakok, Gulden – PRIMUS, 2021
As students learn to problem solve in authentic situations, they must also develop metacognitive tools to manage and regulate their problem-solving process. To foster process-focused metacognition utilized by mathematical thinkers and problem solvers, inquiry-based learning classroom practices and an adapted version of portfolio problems were…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Reflection, Problem Solving, Cooperative Learning
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