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Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin; Monahan, Ceire; Krupa, Erin – PRIMUS, 2021

This paper describes the development and implementation of course modules intended to encourage creative thinking in an undergraduate general education mathematics course. The modules were designed to address the characteristics of creativity outlined in the literature through explorations of mathematics relevant to non-mathematics majors. A…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Creative Thinking, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics

Johns, Carolyn; Mills, Melissa – PRIMUS, 2021

During the Spring 2020 semester, universities transitioned to online instruction to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time, mathematics support/tutoring centers also moved their services online. We discuss best practices for online tutoring from the literature and the shared experiences of 28 tutoring center leaders who transitioned to…

Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Online Courses, Distance Education

Apkarian, Naneh; Kirin, Dana; Gehrtz, Jessica; Vroom, Kristen – PRIMUS, 2021

The Mathematical Association of America's "Precalculus to Calculus: Insights and Innovations Conference" brought together representatives of mathematics departments from across the country with members of two national research projects to share and discuss both research findings and on-the-ground concerns of faculty. In this article, we…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Education, Conferences (Gatherings)

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

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

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

Ellington, Roni; Barber, Janet; Tannouri, Ahlam; Syafrida, Syafrida; Nkwanta, Asamoah – PRIMUS, 2021

In this paper, we provide a report of preliminary findings of the Morgan State University (MSU) Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning (SEMINAL) project and its focus on culturally responsive teaching (CRT) as an active learning framework for pre-calculus instruction. The paper concludes with a…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Culturally Relevant Education

Adiredja, Aditya P. – PRIMUS, 2021

The complexity in understanding the [epsilon-delta] definition has motivated research into the teaching and learning of the topic. In this paper I share my design of an instructional analogy called the Pancake Story and four different questions to explore the logical relationship between [epsilon] and [delta] that structures the definition. I…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Calculus

Maciejewski, Wes – PRIMUS, 2021

What if your students could access "any" resource during a test? How would they react? How would "you" react? This paper presents some results from a trial of allowing students access to notes, calculators, and any device connected to the internet, which occurred during a midterm in a second-year ordinary differential equations…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Tests

Beagley, Jonathan; Capaldi, Mindy – PRIMUS, 2020

Homework is prevalent in mathematics courses, as are cumulative final exams. This study incorporated the memory science concepts of the "testing effect" and "spacing effect" in the homework and final exam of college mathematics courses. By replacing some new homework problems with review problems, students had additional…

Descriptors: Homework, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Mathematics

Hanusch, Sarah – PRIMUS, 2020

A summative portfolio is a project completed at the end of the semester that gives a student an opportunity to look at a course as a whole. This study investigates whether collegiate mathematics students gain a deeper understanding of course material through the portfolio project, via an analysis of the students' work, and a survey of students'…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Alternative Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Summative Evaluation

Eklund, Holly – PRIMUS, 2020

The purpose of this paper is to explain a newly implemented interactive delivery model for students at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) repeating Calculus for Scientists & Engineers I during the spring of 2017. Since calculus is a necessary component for so many STEM degrees, it will continue to be a gateway to obtaining such degrees and…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Delivery Systems, Calculus, Scientists

Karst, Nathaniel; Slegers, Rosa – PRIMUS, 2019

Many of the applied mathematics courses we teach touch upon a range of rich and important ethical issues -- issues that, for a number of reasons, are rarely openly discussed in class. In this work, we describe a sequence of activities co-designed and co-taught by philosophy and mathematics faculty in the hopes of bridging the divide between the…

Descriptors: Team Teaching, Ethics, Mathematics Instruction, Technology

Dame, L.; Aryal, B.; Huq, A.; Prat-Resina, X. – PRIMUS, 2019

Students entering health sciences programs may face challenges on their road to successful completion and possible entry to medical school in the area of preparedness in quantitative skills. At our institution, faculty analyzed evidence of these challenges including performance on the ACT Math Test, an in-house math placement test and quantitative…

Descriptors: College Faculty, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Algebra

Hoke, Kathy; Keough, Lauren; Wares, Joanna – PRIMUS, 2019

In the calculus classroom, integrating applications with the theoretical and procedural conveys the relevance of the material. Since Newton and Leibniz developed calculus in the context of physics and astronomy, applications in these fields tend to predominate. To engage and excite our students, pedagogical considerations must include broader…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Calculus