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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)
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Moore-Russo, Deborah; Kornelson, Keri; Savic, Milos; Andrews, Candace – PRIMUS, 2021
In this case study, we use organizational development and change theory to look at how the University of Oklahoma (OU) has attended to the mathematical pathway leading to STEM fields. Using multiple sources of data, we are able to create an informative narrative that provides the particular context of the situation and in-depth picture of the…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Organizational Development, College Mathematics, STEM Education
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Villalobos, Cristina; Kim, Hyung Won; Huber, Timothy J.; Knobel, Roger; Setayesh, Shaghayegh; Sasidharan, Lekshmi; Galstyan, Anahit; Balogh, Andras – PRIMUS, 2021
Research indicates multi-section coordination improves the academic performance of students in STEM education. This paper describes the process of coordination in Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses undertaken by a large department that grew from the merger of two institutions through a pilot program and a project grant. Components…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Calculus, Success, Mathematics Achievement
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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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McClendon, David M.; Weller, Kirk; Trouba, Jerome; Brigance, Sandra; Dekker, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper, we describe the evolution of calculus instruction at a mid-sized, career-oriented, comprehensive public university. Changes in practice, that began with a single faculty member implementing technology as a tool for student inquiry, have spread to other department faculty via support from an internal grant, workshops, and the use of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Educational Change, Calculus
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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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Bazett, Trefor; Clough, Crystal L. – PRIMUS, 2021
Our department has experienced a significant culture transformation in its approach to teaching. This change is primarily the result of sustained focus on reforming two heavily coordinated sequences, Applied Calculus and Calculus. Initially catalyzed by pilot projects introducing a flipped-class format to these courses, the reforms led to broader…
Descriptors: Coordination, Educational Change, College Mathematics, Departments
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Bleiler-Baxter, Sarah K.; Hart, James B.; Wanner, Cecilia Anne – PRIMUS, 2021
An important step to achieving a sustainable department culture that encourages innovation in teaching is the alleviation of the isolation that teaching faculty experience. Decreasing this isolation should be accomplished in a manner that respects all instructors' classroom practices while simultaneously exposing faculty to new ideas. In this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Observation, College Faculty
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Faudree, Jill – PRIMUS, 2021
We describe how one department moved from skepticism to wide-spread embrace of coordinated Calculus I. Data played a crucial role in this process. Details of this journey, including successful strategies and missteps, may provide insight and perspective to other departments starting on, or immersed in, similar transformational adventures.
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Departments, Data Use
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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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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
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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
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Bagley, Spencer – PRIMUS, 2020
The flipped classroom model interchanges the roles of in-class and out-of-class time to allow students more time to engage with cognitively demanding tasks when expert help from their instructor is more available. An extensive body of literature supports the effectiveness of this model. In contrast, I present a case study of a less-successful…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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